The achievements of apprenticeship learners at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, one of Liverpool’s leading law firms, were commemorated in a ceremony at the Albert Dock.
The awards were presented to 18 learners who had completed their qualifications with Liverpool Chamber Training, the apprenticeship arm of the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
The partnership between Hampson Hughes Solicitors and the Chamber has made a massive contribution to the confidence, knowledge and skills of the workforce.
Since 2014, Hampson Hughes have employed and trained over 30 apprentices across disciplines including Business Administration, IT, Customer Service and Management. The variety of qualifications achieved by employees at the firm demonstrates the vast number of opportunities available for city region workers.
Describing their involvement in the scheme as a “no brainer”, Laura Hampson, Head of PR, said “utilising the Chambers’ training services to up-skill our staff has worked brilliantly from both an employer and an employee’s perspective. Empowering our employees to develop their skill set has been a vehicle to better engage our staff, increase our production levels and help grow a skilled and committed workforce for the future. In return, our apprentices continue to reach new heights and consistently bring enthusiasm and motivation to the business’ operations. We’re delighted at their progress and are incredibly excited about their future here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors.”
Michael Broadhead, now qualified in Level 3, IT, explained how undertaking an apprenticeship alleviated undue university pressure and offered an alternative route to suit his own ambitions.
“When I left school, I didn’t know what to do and there was a great amount of pressure to go to university. After 2 weeks of speaking to the Chamber team, I was already enjoying my experience at Hampson Hughes and gaining substantial and relevant work experience to my area of interest. I’m now looking to do my Level 4 which will enable me to reach my dreams of working as a Senior Manager.”
Paul Cherpeau, Head of Business Engagement & Communications congratulated the learners commenting “it’s richly deserved that learners at Hampson Hughes should come together with Chamber staff to celebrate their achievements. Achieving any apprenticeship qualification takes a huge amount of dedication, hard work and determination, all of which are important characteristics to excel in the workplace. We look forward to playing an important role throughout the rest of their learner journey.”
Commenting on future training opportunities, Doneis Ruddock, Training Manager at Liverpool Chamber Training said “there are lots of opportunities for career progression through NVQ qualifications, with Level 5 equating to degree level study. The message that we’re sending out to our achievers today is aim high, think big and continue to prove that Liverpool workers can compete with the rest.”
The ceremony is part of a wider Chamber campaign, “Apprenticeships for Ambitious People”, designed to give apprentices the same recognition as university students when completing their qualifications.