Apprenticeship route praised by law firm where former assessor is at the helm

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 12 Apr 2019

A North Lincolnshire law firm’s practice manager is bringing past experience as an apprenticeship assessor to his present role, helping secure future growth.

Tim Bartlett heads up the administration of Mason, Baggott & Garton, a four-office firm operating in Scunthorpe, Brigg, Epworth and Barton.

With first-hand experience, he understands the benefits work-based learning brings, with National Apprenticeship Week last month encouraging him to flag up the efforts being made.

“It is a safe and supportive way to get proper work experience, gain new skills and qualifications,” he said. “It allows a person to grow in confidence too, all the while taking their first steps on the career ladder.”

Working with training provider McArthur Dean, the firm has seen a number of trainees and apprentices progress into permanent employment. Currently, six members of staff have entered the business via apprenticeships.

“We have maintained a strong workforce, with most of our apprentices progressing into permanent roles,” Mr Bartlett said. “Having quality staff has been a large contributing factor in the growth of the business. The apprentices really add to the energy of the firm.”

Mason, Baggott & Garton has now taken on former Caistor Grammar School student Pippa Bradley, and she will start a Solicitor Apprenticeship in September through The University of Law – a route that will enable her to qualify in six to seven years without incurring any student debt.

She said: “The opportunity to work in an established law firm is allowing me to grow and progress my career while studying towards my law degree. I see it as a fantastic prospect where I am able to interact with clients and work alongside respected practitioners whilst grasping an understanding of the law I would have otherwise missed.”

The Barton office’s conveyancing team also includes 19-year-old Travis Dean who completed an intermediate apprenticeship in Business Administration in 2018.

Paralegal apprentice Troi Wynn, 21, is a former Frederick Gough School pupil. She is due to qualify in October, achieving Level Three Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

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