Bond Dickinson has won the Newcomer Employer of the Year award for the South West Region in the National Apprenticeship Awards (NAA). The award was announced at the NAA regional finals on 19 October at the Holiday Inn, Taunton. This follows on receiving the CILEx Employer of the Year Award earlier this month. Both awards are for the firm’s apprenticeship scheme for which CILEx Law School is the training provider.
The NAA are organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, and showcase the very best apprenticeship employers and apprentices and recognise excellence in businesses growing their own talent through apprenticeships programmes. The awards also celebrate apprentices making a significant contribution in the workplace.
Bond Dickinson was amongst the first law firms to make legal apprenticeships available, with the first apprentices joining the business in 2014. CILEx Law School has been the apprenticeship training provider at Bond Dickinson since the programme started.
Sam Lee, Head of Recruitment, said: “We have seven legal apprentices across the business and following the very positive feedback we have received firm wide, we are committed to expanding this scheme further and broadening into other areas of the business in the next 12 months.”
“Our legal apprentices are paramount to Bond Dickinson as they play an important role in our pipeline of future fee earners and are therefore key to the growth and success of the firm. Over 1000 applications were submitted for these awards and therefore being recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service is a testament to the excellent scheme we offer, enabling our apprentices to acquire transferrable skills and fundamental knowledge in a hands-on and supportive work environment.
“What we value most is watching our apprentices grow and mature. Earlier this year, two of our apprentices were promoted into paralegal roles and we look forward to seeing this number rise in the coming years.”
Award winners from each category and across each region will soon be shortlisted to take part in a national final in January 2017.
Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships at CILEx Law School, said: “We congratulate Bond Dickinson on this further recognition of their excellent apprenticeship programme and wish them good luck for the final.”
Mark Norman-Ball, Onshore Deputy Manager at Bond Dickinson and Sam Lee, Head of Recruitment at Bond Dickinson receiving the award from a representative of the National Apprenticeship Service.