Freidman FM commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Sally Ellis

25th April 2019

Freidman demonstrates its commitment to developing its people by joining the 5% club, an organisation championing the benefits of recruiting apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

Freidman FM, a niche facilities management company delivering bespoke facilities services to its customers has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 300 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers. Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

Freidman FM takes its commitment to developing its team extremely seriously, understanding that for the business and industry in general to grow and flourish, that we need to develop individuals to be the best that they can be. By developing apprentices within the organisation, we hope not only to give apprentices an opportunity to learning critical skills that are sadly disappearing from the industry, but also to develop the next leaders of the business.

“Freidman has long recognised the importance of training and developing individuals, having supported members of the team through charterships, professional training and developed together with other structured learning opportunities," explains Andy Erskine, Chief Executive Officer for Freidman FM.

"Opening up our apprenticeship scheme across the business and developing apprentices across all areas of the business is a key business driver for future growth.

With the management team all having come from apprenticeship backgrounds, this is an opportunity for Freidman FM to give others the opportunity that we had. Apprentices are the future of the business.”

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome FreidmanX into our membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other. All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

Freidman FM is committed to ensuring that the 5% target that it we have committed to by joining The 5% Club is the minimum level of commitment that it we intends to make. Freidman will actively seeks to include apprenticeship roles within all new contracts together with offering graduate opportunities for all future management roles.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit or get in touch by emailing Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

To find out more information about Freidman FM and how we can support your business or indeed, to find out about career opportunities within the business, please visit or get in touch by emailing


Notes to Editors

• The 5% Club works with UK employers and key influencers to inspire, educate and retain a growing body of people into “earn and learn” placements in order to increase the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates. The goal of The 5% Club is to increase the employment and career prospects of today’s youth and equip the UK with the skilled workforce it needs to safeguard Britain’s economy. The 5% Club was launched in 2013.

• Freidman FM is a niche, facilities management service provider formed in 2009 to deliver bespoke facilities management service solutions to our clients. With our head office in Knebworth, supported by our regional network of offices, Freidman is able to deliver national solutions in a local way. Our commitment to training and development extends throughout our business, with a commitment to ensuring that we develop our team members to be the best that they can be.

• Members sign The 5% Club charter. As a member of The 5% Club employers state they are: Committed to helping the UK’s growth agenda and acknowledge the importance of developing people as both a business and social imperative. Playing their part in addressing youth unemployment and skills shortage. Pledging to work towards having a minimum 5% of their UK workforce enrolled on formalised apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate development schemes within five years. Measuring and reporting on their progress annually against the above metric in their Corporate Social Responsibility section of the Annual Report and Accounts or equivalent document. Committed to encouraging other employers to participate in the campaign.

• Membership of The 5% Club numbers more than 350 businesses from across a broad range of sectors as well as size of company, including large corporations as well as SMEs.