Addleshaw Goddard LLP wins National Apprenticeship Award

CILEx Law School client Addleshaw Goddard LLP has won the Newcomer of the Year in the regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards. The award, for the large employer category, was announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 16 September. Nominations for the award were open to employers who had invested in Apprenticeships since March 2012, and employers were asked to demonstrate the immediate benefits this has brought to them.

Top-25 law firm Addleshaw Goddard, which employs over 1,200 employees, recruited ten young people to work in the Transaction Services Team in its Manchester office in September 2013 to follow the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which was the first month in which this apprenticeship was available. The apprentices achieved 100% success in their CILEx Level 3 exams, this summer. The CILEx Level 3 exams form part of the technical certificate of the apprenticeship.

The Level 3 units are taught by CILEx Law School by a combination of distance and online learning, and face-to-face tuition which takes place in the firm.

Mike Potter, Head of the Transaction Services Team at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “We are recognised for our differentiated approach to attracting, retaining and developing great people in the UK and across our international offices.

Apprentices provide a whole new talent pool for the future and allow us to be more experimental and agile when responding to client needs. We are very proud of them. They bring new commitment and energy, whilst offering a more efficient way of delivering elements of our legal services, particularly in large transactions and complex cases. They also enable us to broaden our community connections and bring an increased focus on learning and development and career progression. We are delighted that our apprenticeship initiative has been recognised by this award.”

Nicola Goodman, Learning and Development Manager at CILEx Law School, said: “I am very involved in the delivery of the apprenticeships to Addleshaw Goddard’s apprentices through regular in-house teaching sessions. It has been a privilege to see these young people grow in confidence and become effective contributors to their employer’s business.”