Double Celebration at Forbes Solicitors


18 December, 2009


Forbes in house Training Suite was the venue for their Annual Qualifications celebration for the firms two award winning Programmes. Twelve Trainee Office Clerks completed their apprenticeship framework with Burnley College and four people completed the Forbes Diploma for Legal Secretaries (accredited by ILEX Paralegal Programmes).

The Apprenticeship programme was completed by Tricia Rae, Lewis Towers, Rachel Hall, Laura Hargreaves, Lee-Anne Kinney, Charlotte Bretherton, Jenny Gregson, Christine Morton, Alex Parr, Ashleigh Reid, Ashleigh Harris, Natalie Reeves and Laura Hargreaves. The training they received on the programme has evolved over time through a successful partnership between Forbes and Burnley College that focuses on the progression of young people and has seen 110 people successfully complete the programme since its inception in 2000.

John Clarke, Burnley College Assistant Principal commented, "Burnley College values highly its partnership with Forbes, which it sees as an excellent model of good practice. Together we continue to help develop young people into confident and competent individuals who are a credit to themselves and their employer."

Forbes Diploma for Legal Secretaries, Accredited by ILEX Paralegal Programmes saw its third group of staff obtaining this award including Laura Jackson, Katie Lumley, Michelle Oddie and Rachel Wane. The year long course which was awarded finalist status by the BIBA's (Be Inspired Business Awards) for the Performance Through People category, assists secretaries in developing their role with a focus on client care.

John Westwood, MD ILEX Paralegal Programmes was pleased to present the certificates and Siobhan Hardy, Chair of Forbes' HR and Training Committee commented "We are extremely proud of the calibre of our staff and the commitment that is made by those who take part in such development opportunities".

John Barker, Managing Partner congratulated all those who achieved their qualifications, "This process is very important to personal development and the practice. We want to bring young people in and develop them within the organisation. A number of people have progressed within the firm and are going from strength to strength".


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