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Horwich Farrelly Takes on Record 18 Apprentices

July, 20, 2016

Horwich Farrelly has announced the recruitment of a record 18 apprentices – almost double the amount taken on last year. Not only is this the firm’s largest intake since it co-created the UK’s first legal apprentices in 2013, it also places Horwich Farrelly in the top tier nationally for law firms offering work-based schemes.

Fifteen of the positions will be based at the firm’s Manchester head office with two in Liverpool and one in London. For the first time the scheme is being extended to the firm’s Recoveries team, in addition to the Counter Fraud, Credit Hire and Defendant teams already involved.

Horwich Farrelly’s two-year apprenticeship programme combines paid work experience with structured learning and development including an industry-recognised legal qualification. Whilst apprenticeships do not officially start until September, the majority of those awarded a position have taken up the offer of joining the firm over the summer to get a head start.

Rob Barrett, Managing Partner of Horwich Farrelly, “This year both the calibre and volume of applicants has been remarkable, with many young people actively seeking out our stand at careers fairs around the country. In fact, whilst our apprenticeship scheme has grown year on year, this is the first time we’ve actually filled our annual quota, as we won’t offer a place if an applicant doesn’t meet the criteria.

Horwich Farrelly's 2016 Legal Apprentices.

Horwich Farrelly’s 2016 Legal Apprentices.

“The most interesting observation has been a sea change in the attitudes of the parents we meet, who are now far more open to apprenticeships being a valid alternative to university. We put this down to the significant investment by the Government and training providers in emphasising the benefits of work-based schemes, as well as the work we ourselves have done to promote apprenticeships, such as presenting in local schools and supporting events.”

Rob added: “For many of those joining us this will be their first experience of full-time employment. Therefore, we’re delighted that so many of this year’s cohort are able to start working with us during the summer as it’s a great opportunity for them to get acquainted with the business, settle in and make new friends before the official start in September.”

The majority of the firm’s apprentices spend time studying with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Liz Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships at Manchester Met, said: “We have been very happy to work with Horwich Farrelly on the Legal Services Apprenticeship, they have been a great partner for the university as they have developed their successful apprenticeship programme. Many of their apprentices are fantastic ambassadors for the apprenticeship route and will go on to pursue very successful careers in law.”

Academic support for the three apprentices based at the firm’s Liverpool and London offices is provided by Damar Training.

Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director of Damar Training said: “It is great to see how Horwich Farrelly’s apprenticeship programme has grown. The firm has had apprentices with Damar for many years now and has pioneered the adoption of legal apprenticeships. These opportunities provide a wonderful opportunity for young people looking for a different route into the law.”

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