Brethertons announced as finalists in the National Apprenticeship Awards

CILEx Law School client, rapidly-expanding regional law firm law firm Brethertons LLP has been shortlisted at the 2014 National Apprenticeship Awards in the ‘Apprenticeship Company of the Year’ category.

Brethertons LLP has been acknowledged for the firm’s commitment in fully integrating apprenticeships within the firm with a clear future development programme. The judges also recognised the firm’s contribution to the programme by showcasing how Apprenticeships have enabled the firm to grow and the success of the scheme, representing outstanding levels of achievement as well as inspirational qualities.

Brethertons’ Apprenticeship programme has been running for 13 years, and to date, has engaged 41 apprentices. It employed its first Legal Administration apprentice last year.  The programme has strengthened, grown and enhanced the firm’s Office Services function firm-wide. It has afforded flexibility with resource planning and deployment by means of training apprentices from “grass roots” to higher levels, enabling them to cover maternity and annual leave. Such cross-working experience not only empowers apprentices, but also reinforces administrative capabilities in order to meet in-house and external client demand.

Deborah Atkins, Partner and Head of Human Resources, said: “Our apprenticeship programme serves to nurture and give real opportunities aligned to our firm’s ethos, culture and strategies – in Management, Business Administration & Law – to “learn as they work” and embark upon a progressive and rewarding career track.”

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and Apprenticeship employers. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service which will be held at Mitchells & Butlers in Birmingham on 16 September.

Sue Husband, Executive Director Apprenticeships and Delivery at the Skills Funding Agency said:

“Apprenticeships are thriving in England, and it’s not hard to see why. They offer ambitious young people and adults unrivalled career prospects, and give businesses an exceptional route to grow a highly qualified and motivated workforce.

“The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise the best of the best and are an excellent opportunity for individuals and employers to gain the credit they richly deserve for investing in their own futures. I am delighted that Brethertons has been short-listed, and would like to congratulate them on this success. All of the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

All the West Midlands winners will proceed through to a final national judging stage and the highest scoring Apprenticeship employer entries nationally will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.

The national award winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on the 13 November 2014. The National Apprenticeship Awards are sponsored by BAE Systems, BT, City & Guilds, Learndirect, Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies and Unilever.