CILEx Law School client, Brethertons Solicitors LLP was nominated as the regional finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards in a ceremony on 16 September 2014 in Birmingham. The firm won the award in the medium employer of the year category for the West Midlands area. The award, celebrates ‘employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that Apprenticeships have brought to their organisation’.
Brethertons was 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. The firm will now go through to the national finals of the award in November.
Brethertons is an award winning progressive law firm featured in ‘The Legal 500’ with 18 partners across three offices.
Jenny Pelling, from CILEx Law School, said: “Our apprenticeship programme with Brethertons has been extremely rewarding as we have seen young people from the local area blossom in the world of work through the acquisition of legal knowledge and workplace skills. Being given the opportunity to undertake legal apprenticeships at Brethertons has transformed the apprentices’ lives.”
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. Winning this award is a testament to the hard-work Elaine Hamblett, Associate Human Resources has personally put into the programme for the last six years and the support we receive from our training providers Heart of England and CILEx Law School.”
Karen Riley, Deputy Director Employer & Delivery Services Central, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards are an excellent platform to recognise and celebrate the dedication shown by all our excellent Apprenticeship employers and apprentices. The quality of entries we have had for the East Midlands awards this year has been exceptional. Those who have won should celebrate their success. But every apprentice and employer who entered can be proud of what they have achieved.
“We want it to become the norm for young people to choose between an Apprenticeship or university as equally prestigious routes to a great career and a secure financial future. Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people with the skills employers need to grow and compete. A campaign is calling on young people to “Get In, Go Far” by choosing an Apprenticeship and with the huge range available across England, there has never been a better time to become an apprentice. They enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning.
“Apprenticeships continue to grow in popularity, and events like the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase just how beneficial they are for both employers and individuals. I hope everyone who received an award on the night is proud of their achievements, and continues to fly the flag for Apprenticeships throughout their career.”
All the East Midland’s winners will now proceed through to a final national judging stage, and will have the opportunity to be crowned as the national winner in their category.
The Apprenticeship employer entries that were judged to be the very best of the best will have the additional honour of featuring in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.
The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers and the all national award winners will be revealed during the national ceremony on the 13th November at the LG Arena in Birmingham.