Apprenticeships: it’s not all about plumbers!

If you are looking to recruit and grow your own talent bank then what better why to do it than via an apprenticeship.

A traditional recruitment route that’s lending itself to the professions.

The proof of that is with LCF Law Bradford. The legal practice looked to integrate apprenticeships into their recruitment drive and found the apprenticeship scheme and training support fitted well with their desire to foster home grown talent via in-house training towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Caroline Raynor-Jones, joined the firm after leaving school having completed A-Levels in Psychology, English and French. Through the apprenticeship scheme she is studying thirteen competence units to attain the Advanced CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services.

E3 Bradford organised a successful Apprenticeship Inspiration Event to provide employers with an insight into the benefits of employing apprentices and to support them in taking the first step in having an apprenticeship programme.

The event took place at the Bradford offices of LCF Law and highlighted the success of the scheme with presentations from apprentices working in different industry sectors including law.

Qualified apprentices talked about their experience of following the apprenticeship route and the support that they receive.

Simon Stell, Managing Partner at LCF Law said: “The Apprentice Inspiration Event highlighted not only the positive experience from employers who had taken this route to recruiting new people into their businesses but also the enthusiasm of the apprentices on finding and experiencing the apprenticeship route to a career, as an alternative to study at college or university. There are clearly many able students who would welcome the opportunity of going into the work place and learning on the job. They can be a successful addition to any business.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Employment, Skills and Culture said: “Apprentices add real value to a business. I know an increasing number of employers are now looking at employing apprentices as a way of identifying and nurturing talent for the future.  I’d encourage all employers, large or small, to think about giving a young person the opportunity to show you what they can do.”

As a result of the positive experience in 2015 LCF Law are recruiting three more apprentices in addition to Caroline to take career development opportunities with the firm to start Level 3 Legal Apprentices courses. The firm has also recruited a Level 1 Administrative Apprentice to the Debt Collection team.

If you are an employer wanting to know more about starting an apprenticeship programme and funding available, or would like support with promoting current vacancies, please contact Rachel Fuller on 01274 206656.

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(Pictured Caroline -second from left – at the event)

Written on 23rd October 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, Members News, News, News story 4, Skills