A Rugby law firm has been named as one of West Midland’s best apprenticeship employers.
Brethertons LLP came out on top in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.
The awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers.
The winners were announced at a ceremony, which was held at Mitchells and Butlers, on September 16.
Brethertons fought off tough competition to be shortlisted, and was announced as the winner of the ‘Medium Employer of the Year’ category at the West Midland’s ceremony.
Deborah Atkins, partner and head of human resources at Brethertons, said: “Our apprenticeship programme serves to nurture and give real opportunities aligned to our firm’s ethos, culture and strategies – in management, business administration and 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”.
Brethertons’ Apprenticeship programme has been running for 13 years, and to date, has engaged 41 apprentices.
The judges 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.
Jack Seager, a former apprentice and now office services team leader at Brethertons, said: “I started my apprenticeship at Brethertons because I could learn on the job. It is good to be part of a team working on a variety of interesting projects and working with different people who can help me to build up my knowledge.
“It’s the ideal next step in my career and the best decision I ever made. It has opened so many doors and I now work in a permanent position at Brethertons where I can continue to learn and develop.”
All the regional 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 top apprenticeship employers will feature 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 national award winners will be revealed during the national ceremony on the November 13 at the LG Arena in Birmingham.