Employment Skills

Valuable employment skills taught to more than 900 students


Following on from past successes, Swinburne Maddison LLP was delighted to again partner with leading regional and national companies on the Building My Skills scheme. The structured employability skills programme is managed by Esh Group, a large construction company based in the North of England.

The Building My Skills scheme brings together more than 30 businesses from different sectors to work with Year 10 students in 29 schools, from 20 local authority areas, over the course of the academic year.  These selected businesses then run a series of workshops and presentations to promote a range of job roles in different sectors and to assist students in learning and developing skills that will help them to enter the workplace with confidence.

Swinburne Maddison LLP has been one of the most active participants in the scheme this academic year having visited seven schools in the region and reaching over 900 students.  The sessions provided by Swinburne Maddison focused both on the practical skills involved in writing a CV and on demystifying the legal profession. Our representatives were keen to emphasise to the students that the legal profession is an accessible and rewarding career that can offer opportunities for people from the widest range of educational backgrounds.

Alex Wilby (pictured right during a school presentation) is a Partner at Swinburne Maddison and is responsible for overseeing the Firm's participation in the scheme. He said, “We provided the students with information about what would be required from them in terms of their future studies and qualifications in order to apply for a Training Contract and ultimately to qualify as a solicitor.  It’s very important to us to be able to get this message out to students from all walks of life and to inspire them to consider following a career in the legal profession."

"It has once again proven to be a great privilege for us to be involved in the Building My Skills scheme. This is a unique and valuable programme which enables us to directly support a large number of students and to see, first-hand, the enthusiasm and motivation that can be generated when they receive practical, relevant and engaging careers advice."

Mr Wilby added, "We plan to continue our involvement in the scheme by welcoming a number of the students into our office for workplace-based mock interviews, later this year.” 

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