Today is the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, it celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. To mark the week, Mishcon de Reya is celebrating its four apprentices across legal and business operations, employed as part of its apprenticeship scheme, launched in October, 2014.
In January, Recruitment and Diversity Advisor at Mishcon de Reya and Apprenticeship Ambassador for the National Apprenticeships Service, Jennifer Holley, spoke at a round table event held by City of London Corporation and the National Apprenticeship Service along with two Mishcon apprentices. This roundtable was organised to promote apprenticeships within the legal sector and to encourage law firms to take on apprentices as part of their talent strategy. Mishcon de Reya is in the process of planning for its Apprenticeship Scheme in light of the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes in to force in April 2017.
Mishcon de Reya Legal Apprentice Shannon Grant said: "I love the confidence that the apprenticeship has given me in the workplace and as an individual. My role as an apprentice involves writing, reviewing and analysing documents. As a result my spelling, punctuation and grammar skills have improved immensely. I can now write in a more detailed and accurate manner in my exams and when updating my supervisor at work."
Credit Management Apprentice Adam Elgharrafi said: "Becoming an apprentice is the best decision I have made. I am under the mentorship of professionals every day, gaining skills and knowledge and implementing them into my day to day tasks as well as my life."
Director of Human Resources at Mishcon de Reya, Vanessa Dewhurst, commented: "Apprentices unlock a new talent pool and diversify the workforce in a business. They also enable further development of supervisors, including management, delegation, communication and time management skills. Our apprentices have gone on to be valuable members of their respective teams, and the scheme is proving mutually beneficial for both us and them. That's why we are committed to apprenticeships in the long term and to incorporating them into our recruitment strategy."
Jennifer Holley will today be attending the National Apprenticeship Week 'Rise to the Top' event at The Shard with one of Mishcon de Reya's apprentices to network with employers and discuss their experiences of the apprenticeship scheme to date.