Apprentice honoured at House of Lords Award Ceremony

George Denton, an apprentice in the Technical Claims department at CILEx Law School client Browne Jacobson, was one of 27 apprentices to attend an Awards ceremony at the House of Lords on 16 July. The Awards Ceremony was staged by West Nottinghamshire College Group, with whom CILEx Law School works through its subsidiary Vision Apprentices on the delivery of the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration.

The awards ceremony took place on 16 July in the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace at the House of Lords, where the apprentices were presented with an achievement award and certificate. Both Sue Husband, Director of Apprenticeships and Delivery Services at the Skills Funding Agency and Gordon Birtwistle MP and Ambassador for Apprenticeships awarded the accolades. Speakers at the event included host Baroness Prashar CBE, the college’s principal and chief executive Dame Asha Khemka OBE DBE and Ranjan Mathai, The High Commissioner of India.

The 27 apprentices were chosen in recognition of their talent, dedication and contribution to their workplace.George, who hails from Awsworth, Nottinghamshire was one of the first to join Browne Jacobson’s legal apprenticeship programme back in 2012. He has now completed the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration and has progressed to the Level 4 Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which is delivered by CILEx Law School. George said:

“I am very proud to have received the award which shows that all our hard work is being recognised and appreciated. The apprenticeship scheme at Browne Jacobson is fantastic. Every apprentice is valued as an individual and we have all been given tremendous support to help us make a great start on what I hope personally to be a very long career within the legal sector. The support from our apprenticeship training providers has also been excellent and on behalf of all the apprentices at the firm and I would like to thank them for providing us with such a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow.”

Browne Jacobson’s apprenticeship scheme was the first in Nottinghamshire to have been run by a law firm and has gone from strength to strength since its launch just two years ago. The photo shows George with Sally Swift, who is responsible for apprentices at Browne Jacobson.

The firm recently invested a further £37,000 by enrolling all current 13 apprentices on the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services which will contribute towards the first stage in qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.

Sally Swift, Legal Services Manager at Browne Jacobson, commented on George’s achievement and how valuable the scheme has proven to the firm:

“We were delighted that George was recognised as one of only 27 apprentices to attend such a prestigious and important event at the House of Lords. George is a talented individual who, although early in his career, delivers exceptional standards and fully embraces what an apprentice truly is. Browne Jacobson is one of the first law firms nationally to offer legal apprenticeships and being able to create an alternative pathway into a career in law is something we are very proud to be involved in.”

Find out more:

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration
Level 3 Apprenticeship in Legal Services
Level 4 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services

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