After recruiting five school leavers, the personal injury specialist is now urging other businesses to consider apprenticeships as a route to new staff.
The firm which employs more than 250 people in the North East has appointed the apprentices to its post admin team to provide business and administration support to its team of legal professionals.
Colette Adair, HR officer at Winn Solicitors said: “Over the years we have watched a number of our trainees rise through the ranks to senior positions within the firm but this is the first time we have gone down the apprenticeship route and we are delighted with the results.
“Our apprentices have joined us with little to no work experience at all but we have been bowled over by their attitude and enthusiasm.”
Sophie Redhead, from Fenham, is one of the first apprentices to join Winn Solicitors despite being urged by teachers to stay on at sixth form following impressive GCSE results.
“I couldn’t wait to leave school but knew I wanted to find a job that I would enjoy and would give me some long term prospects,” said the 17-year-old.
“As part of my apprenticeship, I am studying for a NVQ in Business Administration and surprisingly I am loving the study element just as much as the day to day work – and I never thought studying was for me!”
Winn Solicitors apprenticeship is a 12 month programme which the company hopes to continue each year as it apprentices move on to other roles within the business.
“I certainly think that people’s opinions of apprenticeships have come full circle and once again individuals are recognising them as a solid stepping stone in to a viable career and companies understand the positive impact that apprentices can have on their business,” added Ms Adair.