What are the dates of your 2022 vacation scheme?
We currently plan to run two summer 2022 vacation schemes, both between 4th and 22nd of July. Both schemes will be one week long and we typically have 6 or 7 graduates each week. These weeks will be used to select our future trainees from those that apply for a training contract with us. Our ability to host the vacation scheme in the office will depend on government guidance in place at that time.
Will I be able to select my seats during my training contract?
Usually those trainees in their second year have first choice as they are considering where to qualify. The seats that are available to first year trainees depend on where the business needs trainees and what seats are available. Trainees have their choice for at least two out of the four seats and often trainees do get three seats as chosen by them (although sometimes in a different order).
Can I get involved in pro bono as a trainee?
Absolutely, we have a volunteering scheme where each employee is entitled to half a day per quarter on volunteer leave to either volunteer with one of our chosen charities or to volunteer at a charity of their choosing.
Will I be kept on after I qualify?
We try to retain all our trainees on qualifying. Spaces for NQ positions do depend on business need in each department and where the trainee wants to qualify into a certain department we will do all we can to make this happen. Sometimes two trainees want to qualify into the same department and that might mean we only are able to retain one of them if there is not sufficient work to make a business case to do so.
During my training contract can I work from home?
We are currently adapting to a more agile, hybrid approach to work but have not yet agreed our split of working from home and working in the office. Currently all team members can split their time between home and office and although there is no reason why this would not apply equally to trainees, we encourage all of our trainees to attend the office as much as possible to get the most out of in-person learning and supervision, attending client meetings and BD and marketing events.
How do you equate for equal opportunities when recruiting trainees?
We use a contextual recruitment tool, to ensure equal opportunities for all our applicants. The tool, called REALrating has been created by upReach, a social mobility charity. It considers academic performance in the context of factors such as school attended and background and gives employers a fairer measure of academic achievements than exam grades alone.