Horwich Farrelly (@HorwichFarrelly), the UK’s leading legal advisers to the insurance and commercial sectors, is celebrating ten years of successful apprenticeships as it invests in the next generation of legal minds.
Entering the legal profession was historically perceived to be only accessible to those with law degrees from established universities. Horwich Farrelly continues to be determined to challenge this view and open up the profession to a more diverse demographic through its apprenticeship schemes.
It has been running successful apprenticeships for 10 years and was one of the first to introduce a solicitor apprenticeship scheme in 2019, enabling those without a degree to train ‘on the job’ and become qualified. The scheme has been very successful with 14 apprentices who started at Level 3, all progressing to the next level. As a result of this, Horwich Farrelly launched a new graduate solicitor apprenticeship last year for those looking to join from university.
Today, Horwich Farrelly has 28 apprentices and offers seven different apprenticeship schemes: Level 3 Paralegal, Level 7 Solicitor, Level 7 Graduate Solicitor, Level 7 ACCA (Accounts), Level 4 Marketing Executive, Level 4 Commercial Procurement & Supply and Level 5 Coaching. The firm is continuously looking to expand its apprenticeship schemes and this year, Horwich Farrelly has introduced a coaching apprenticeship and over the coming months will introduce a Level 3 Software Development Technician apprenticeship. These further additions are a result of different business areas seeing the significant value of introducing apprentices to their teams and ensuring the firm retains homegrown talent.
Horwich Farrelly is committed to its apprenticeships and has Rachel Halliwell, People Development Specialist in Emerging Talent & Accessibility, overseeing the schemes full-time, with the full support of Oliver Bate, People Director. The apprenticeship schemes are an integral part of Horwich Farrelly and ensures new talent is nurtured and helps to develop careers within the firm.
People Director at Horwich Farrelly, Oliver Bate, said:
“We know that it is our people that set us apart from our competitors and we are committed to investing in them to help them reach their potential. Our sector has a history of being selective and certain academic requirements mean the journey to a career in law can be difficult. By offering a wide range of schemes, we’re able to attract and retain the best talent and build a workforce on equal opportunities. We are extremely proud of our apprentices and what they have achieved and we look forward to seeing them grow with us.”