Venesky-Brown Recruitment commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Venesky-Brown Recruitment commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Venesky-Brown Recruitment, a leading provider of staffing and project solutions predominantly for the UK construction and engineering industries, 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.

As a member, Venesky-Brown signed The 5% Club charter and 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

Martin Cairns, Managing Director of Venesky-Brown Recruitment said: “Venesky-Brown are proud to be members of The 5% Club and show our commitment to both developing and attracting young entrants into the construction industry. Having been in the industry for over 30 years there has never been a more important time to do this. We are delighted that our apprenticeship programme has successfully produced some of the industry’s highest skilled individuals and we are eager to continue offering young people the same opportunity”

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Venesky-Brown into 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.”

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.

Venesky-Brown Partners With Health In Mind To Address Mental Health Issues In The Workplace

Venesky-Brown are proud to announce Health In Mind as their chosen charity of the year.

Health In Mind are a mental health charity who have been promoting mental health in Scotland since 1982. Offering a wide range of services designed to offer support and advice, Health In Mind works with the community to help everyone reach their optimum in mental wellbeing.

Gwenn McCreath, CEO of Health in Mind said: “We are delighted that Venesky Brown have selected Health in Mind as their Charity of the Year this year.   They are promoting positive mental health in their workplace, encouraging supportive conversations and helping reduce stigma.  With their help, we can continue to deliver vital services. ”

As the UK’s leading specialist provider of staffing and project solutions, Venesky-Brown prides itself on being a conscientious and caring employer, and in partnering with Health In Mind, hope to raise awareness of a cause close to the company’s heart.

“Venesky Brown donate to many great causes, but this year, after participating in a charity event which was run by Health In Mind, we decided to nominate them as our chosen charity of the year,” said Venesky Brown Founder, Craig Brown. “We were taken with how enthusiastic the staff were and also that many of them had so much personal and professional experience in mental health.”

Working with people in a variety of capacities – whether it’s trusted partners, valued clients, in-house staff or high-quality specialised labours – Venesky-Brown understands the value of the work that mental health charities like Health In Mind do.

In the UK, it is estimated 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues each year, with over 8% of people suffering from anxiety or depression annually. While attitudes are changing slowly, there is still a huge stigma attached to mental health in the workplace, which Venesky-Brown is tackling head-on.

“As a large employer, we take mental health very seriously,” said Martin Cairns, Managing Director of Venesky-Brown. “We believe it is an important issue to talk about, and should not be swept under the carpet: everyone is affected by this, and mental health issues need to be treated with the same weight as physical ones. We really admire the work that Health In Mind do, and want to support them in any way that we can so that in turn, our employees know that we are there for them.”

In light of the recent partnership, Venesky-Brown will be adding a Health In Mind brochure to its induction pack, and providing resources to existing employees to promote positive mental health. To further aid a supportive working environment, Venesky-Brown’s managers have also attended mental health workshops and training.

“We believe that raising awareness and removing the stigma attached to mental illness is key,” said Mr. Brown, “ and in partnering with Health In Mind, we are another step closer to achieving this.”

If you are looking for help or advice with mental health issues, find more information and support


Mental Health First Aid Workshops

Venesky Brown are committed to improving the mental health of our workforce and beyond, by facilitating Mental Health First Aid workshops we aim to de-stigmatise and educate around the subject.

We recently arranged for a course to take place on-site at the ‘Bam Nuttall – Aberdeen to Inverness Railway Project’ where the site team were about to embark on a highly pressurised 10 day blockade. Construction News published an article on the blockade and highlighted the training in a positive light, read it here

To coincide with World Mental Health day we also ran the course at a number of our other sites.  A selection of Venesky Brown operatives along with members of the client team took part in the 12 hour course over 2 days.

The topics covered included:

Attitudes to mental health issues


Alcohol and drugs and their affect on mental health


Listening skills





A First Aid course provides members of the workforce with the skills to provide emergency help to an injured person before professional help arrives. It’s the same for ‘Mental health first aid’ problems. Mental health first aid isn’t for mental health professionals but for the general public. This course gives the individual the skills for helping someone with a mental health problem. Just like you don’t wait until someone is injured to learn general ‘first aid’, you shouldn’t wait until someone you know is needing help with a mental health problem to learn ‘Mental health first aid’! Mental Health First Aid is a participation-based course full of activities, discussions, film clips and case studies.

All participants who completed the course received:

An NHS Health Scotland certificate of attendance

A 160 page manual and

Best of all… the skills to help someone in a mental health crisis!

You can find some general information on SMHFA below. Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid website.

Along with on-site support and training our chosen charity for the next 12 months is “Health in Mind”, an organisation that offer a range of services to help people cope with mental health problems.