Clydes to hire London apprentices following Manchester pilot

Clyde & Co will hire apprentices to work in its London office after successfully piloting apprenticeships in its Manchester base.

The insurance heavyweight took on nine apprentices in its Manchester office last September to work in the claims processing part of the firm and has now turned its attention to its London office.

Clydes has not yet decided how many apprentices the London office will take on, but expects the cohort to start this September.

The firm is also planning to increase the number of Manchester-based apprentices in September and is currently in discussion about exactly how many people it will employ.

Global HR director Charlie Keeling said: “Our apprentices have been very useful in our volume business. We do some of the same work in our London aviation department and so there is scope for London apprentices there.”

Clydes has also identified its real estate department as a destination for apprentices, with the understanding that some will then progress to become trainees.

Keeling added: “It was always our plan for some of the apprentices to progress to qualified lawyer status. We can’t put strict numbers on it but imagine it might be around a third.

“Our apprentices are proving to be as successful as we had hoped, if not more so.”

Meanwhile, Bond Dickinson has announced it is to employ a further three school leavers as legal apprentices in its Plymouth office, following its initital launch in June last year.