Ellisons Solicitors has revealed ambitious and exciting plans for its future by welcoming its first seven apprentices to its offices across Essex and Suffolk.

In a move praised by community leaders, the forward-thinking firm has offered the alternative training route to allow more people to follow their chosen career path without the need for university.

The seven apprentices, who started at Ellisons Solicitors this week, join a further five new trainee solicitors in pursuing their chosen career path and ensuring the next generation of solicitors receive the best training by the leading professionals.

Guy Longhurst, Managing Partner at Ellisons Solicitors, commented: “At Ellisons, we understand what would-be solicitors need to succeed both for themselves and for the firm. Training the next generation of solicitors has always been a priority for Ellisons and we are delighted to welcome our first seven apprentices to the firm along with our next trainees. Through our dedicated training and development programme, and their enthusiasm, we know they are destined for success at Ellisons.”

By fulfilling full-time role with a blended learning experience, the solicitor apprentices will combine the vital skills they learn in their day-to-day work at Ellisons with study modules set by training provider BPP.

The radical move allows would-be solicitors to train over six years without the need for university, and the fees that come with it.

The apprentices and trainees are not the only major investment Ellisons is making in its colleagues. The firm has also announced the launch of the Ellisons Academy to further support career development.

Available to all colleagues, the Ellisons’ Academy will offer a tailored programme of leadership and management skills courses, supported by coaching and mentoring, to help people progress through their career with the firm.

Will Quince, MP for Colchester and former Solicitor, praised Ellisons for their committed investment.

He commented: “I would like to put on record my thanks to Ellisons for not only giving trainee solicitors and apprentices an open door to a career in the legal profession, but also for their decision to create a training academy. Investing in people pays dividends for businesses and I am delighted that Ellisons is making this investment and giving young people an opportunity to build their careers and develop skills here in Colchester.”

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