Shoosmiths' investment in apprenticeship schemes has been highlighted by apprentice Kayleigh Brooks being recognised for her outstanding progress at the 2017 CCUA Awards.
Held in conjunction with the CILEx Law School, the Civil Court Users Association (CCUA) awarded Kayleigh the Steve Morris Award as the student who made the most outstanding progress in learning and development during their insolvency and debt recovery apprenticeship.
Kayleigh joined Shoosmiths from school in September 2013 and did a CILEx level 4 apprenticeship. Since completion she has been promoted twice and is now an Executive Case Handler.
Jenny Pelling, director of business and apprenticeships at CILEx Law School, commented on Kayleigh's 'tenacity and determination in her studies resulting in her being an excellent ambassador for apprenticeships'.
Shoosmiths' apprenticeships foster long-term development of our people, while solving the problems experienced in competitive talent market conditions and responding to government reform and regulatory change.
As part of our Young People in Law programme (YPiL) Shoosmiths supports schools across the UK by providing guidance for career choices, mock interviews and skills sessions tailored to an audience who might have otherwise dismissed the idea of a career in a law firm.
Danielle Owens, head of recruitment at Shoosmiths, commented: 'This recognition of Kayleigh's hard work and commitment is fantastic and very much deserved.
'The routes to qualification in the legal profession are ever-evolving and we have been working to transform our early careers model accordingly to continue to attract and recruit the best talent and ensure our continued success as an 'employer of choice'.
Further recognition of Shoosmiths' innovative recruitment approach came in being shortlisted in The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016 for 'Best Recruitment Campaign' and The Times recently commented that Shoosmiths is 'applauded for their more diverse intake.'