Warrington law firm FDR Law, which employs more than 100 lawyers and support staff, recruited their first apprentice, Jack Peters, in February 2014, to work in IT support at its head office in Palmyra Square. A further three apprentices followed with expansion of the schemed planned at a later date.
Jack chose an apprenticeship as valued studying alongside the work experience. He feels that the work experience will give him a huge advantage in the future as he progresses into more advanced and challenging IT roles.
Margaret Evans, Commercial Partner and Head of Training at FDR Law, says “With the accelerating pace of change in the legal market and our increasing reliance on all forms of IT, at FDR Law we regard the training and development of all our members of staff as vital to the company’s future and achievement of its overall objectives. We regard on-going training and development as key factors in maintaining job satisfaction and high performance levels. For this reason we place considerable emphasis on continuing learning opportunities and professional development throughout the whole of each person’s career with FDR Law.”
Zoe Lawton, an Apprentice in Business Administration, feels she benefits from the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills, as well as life skills, through her interaction with the clients at the FDR Law office in Stockton Heath. Zoe has ambitions to continue her career within FDR law, expanding her work experience to include Marketing and Accounts. Business Administration Apprentice,
Flo Jordan enjoys working in the Residential Conveyancing department and building up her knowledge of the law, an area she now plans to consider for further education on completion of her apprenticeship.
Accounting Apprentice Danielle Howe, working in the Accounts department, values the practical aspect of the apprenticeship, which she feels contributes to her performance in the AAT exams. Her ambition on completion of the Apprenticeship is to progress onto higher education.
Marilyn Jones, Operations Manager at FDR Law, says, “As a successful professional employer, we are proud to have invested in the Apprenticeship Scheme. Our four, selected young people are being given an opportunity in sharing our skills and experience whilst at the same time becoming a useful member of our workforce. This will make a significant contribution to their future prospects.”
Picture shows from left; Zoe Lawton, Jack Peters, Margaret Evans, Flo Jordan and Danielle Howe