Battens Solicitors has for many years supported trainee solicitors to become fully qualified solicitors, however, this September sees Battens’ bring in a new educational route for aspiring solicitors with it offering a solicitor apprenticeship.
Currently, Battens Solicitors has seven trainee solicitors, the pathway allows aspiring solicitors who have already gained a degree a chance to train in the office getting invaluable on the job experience, cementing the knowledge they have gained at university. After the two-year programme they will be a qualified solicitor.
Trainee Solicitor, Stephanie Watkiss, said: “Battens is a unique firm where every individual, no matter who they are, is always overwhelmingly supportive and helpful. The firm itself has a great way of making staff feel appreciated and valued. I couldn’t ask for a better place to do my training.”
This is the first intake of solicitor apprentices for Battens, with seven staff members starting their training this month.
The apprenticeship route offers individuals a cost-effective way of qualifying as a solicitor where the individual can earn as they learn, receiving excellent on the job training from the Battens Solicitor team of experienced legal experts.
Aspiring solicitors are mentored every step of the way, with all tuition and exam fees covered by the scheme. Depending on the level of qualifications the individual has will determine the length and level of the course starting point. For full details on the solicitor apprenticeship route visit Battens website www.battens.co.uk/careers
Chairman of Battens Solicitors, Peter Livingstone, said: “Our trainee Solicitors are an asset to our business. They are the best and the brightest, and they bring new ways of thinking and problem-solving. It is great to see them energise the company.
“Our staff have a passion for the law combined with a real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of our clients. On top of that, we as a firm can really see the benefit of giving our trainees a first-rate training, and we live that out. That is why Battens is the best place in the Southwest to receive on-the-job training.”
Solicitor apprentice, Kirsty Lloyd, added: “I started at Battens Solicitors when I was 18-years-old, having never previously considering a career in law. I initially started in reception and then moving into the Private Client department. Its great working within the department, I get to meet so many different types of people, the people I work with have inspired me in what I can achieve, and I am excited to start the Solicitor Apprenticeship pathway.”
Anyone interested in the trainee solicitor programme or the solicitor apprentice route should visit www.Battens.co.uk/careers or get in touch with Battens Solicitors.