This year we helped two local students Saidah and Fahema secure work experience with law firm Blake Morgan.
Now in its seventh year, the Growing Ambitions scheme gives young people nominated by local social housing associations the chance to spend a week with the law firm, gaining vital work experience and learning more about the world of business which will help with their job prospects at a later date.
Mentored by trainee solicitors, the programme includes the opportunity to spend “a day in the life of” a lawyer, attending Court, taking part in workshops to learn skills such as negotiation and presentation and time with human resources professionals who give tips on interview techniques and completing applications forms.
Community Investment Officer Clare commented: “Every year we receive excellent feedback from the young people we have signposted onto this programme. Blake Morgan offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable legal work experience, which will help them get ahead of their peers in the increasingly competitive industry. What’s more, it has created new networking opportunities and opened doors to the young people involved for future mentoring and guidance.”
Following the programme, Saidah sent the below email to Clare.
"I just thought I’d let you know the work experience was amazing and so insightful. It’s definitely been an all-round useful experience and I’ve taken a lot away from it. I’m now reassured Law is the career I want to pursue. I wanted to take this as an opportunity to thank Taff Housing Association for informing us about Blake Morgan's Growing Ambitions scheme and also helping me and Fahema get onto the scheme.”
Claire O’Sullivan, a trainee solicitor with Blake Morgan added: “As a top 50 UK law firm with a significant presence in the social housing sector, we are very proud to run the award winning Growing Ambitions programme. We continue to work closely with our social housing clients to offer young people aged 15-17 meaningful work experience. The feedback from past students has been excellent with many using the opportunity to help shape their future career paths.”
Above: Saidah and Fahema during the opening evening . Both hope to peruse a career in law following their work experience placements