National law firm Bond Dickinson has been awarded the CILEx Employer of the Year Award for its apprenticeship programme. The firm recruited three legal apprentices in 2014 to follow the CILEx Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services and a further three in 2015. They have just enrolled a third cohort in their Plymouth office in September 2016.
The award was handed over on Saturday 1st October at the CILEx Graduation Ceremony by Noel Inge, Managing Director of CILEx Law School and Jenny Pelling, CILEx Law School’s Director of Business and Apprenticeships, to Mark Norman-Ball, Onshore Deputy Manager and Samantha Lee, Head of Recruitment at Bond Dickinson.
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association which represents more than 20,000 trainee and practising Chartered Legal Executives. It offers unparalleled access to a flexible career in law.
On accepting the award, Mark Norman-Ball, Onshore Deputy Manager at Bond Dickinson said: “We are delighted that our apprenticeship programme has been recognised in this way. Legal Apprenticeships are now playing an important role in our pipeline of future fee earners. To date two of the apprentices from our first cohort have been promoted into paralegal roles during August 2016 ahead of plan.”
Sam Lee, Head of Recruitment at Bond Dickinson said: “Bond Dickinson have a proven, effective framework which has delivered enthusiastic and motivated apprentices, benefiting from the experience and engagement of all involved with the programme. We value apprentices as individuals and possibly the largest success has been watching their growth as people, not simply as statistics.”
Jenny Pelling, CILEx Law School’s Director of Business and Apprenticeships, said: “We congratulate Bond Dickinson on the award, which is in recognition of the strong support structure they have in place and the progression opportunities for their apprentices and CILEx students.”