Addleshaws’ diversity scheme opens for applications

National law firm Addleshaw Goddard has launched its fourth annual Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), which aims to support students who face exceptional obstacles in their pursuit of training contracts.

Addleshaws hosted a launch event at BPP Law School’s Holborn branch last week to promote the programme to students through a series of presentations by trainees who have secured training contracts via the scheme.

Addleshaws extended its audience to the scheme’s other BPP partner bases in Manchester and Leeds via a live video link.

The firm’s graduate recruitment manager Brett Galloway said: “The scheme has shown that it has a tangible output and isn’t just paying lip service to diversity.”

Since its introduction in 2007, Addleshaws has had 19 students pass through the programme and offered training contracts to eight participants.

The DAS offers graduates studying at BPP, who do not meet the firm’s usual A-level criteria, but who have gone on to demonstrate their academic ability at university, a chance to secure work placements with the firm through a separate competency-based application form.

Addleshaws was also Highly Commended in the Widening the Talent Pool category at the Race for Opportunity Awards for its DAS earlier this year. Fellow nominees in the category included Ernst & Young, Pearson, Morgan Stanley and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Applications for the scheme close on 31 January 2010.