Bristol-based Bevan Brittan has overhauled its training programme for trainees, assistants and associates following the appointment of a new training and development manager.
The new programme, named 'Development Tracks', gives lawyers a defined 'route map' of their career development for every 12-month period of their training and has already been commended by the Law Society.Training and development manager Mike Hazell, who joined Bevan Brittan from a mobile telecoms company last October, told Lawyer 2B: "When I came to the firm I noticed that the training was rather ad hoc. There was a lack of strategic direction and attendance on courses was patchy."Since then, Hazell has introduced the Development Tracks programme, which splits training into three main sections: a formal induction programme for trainees; a professional skills course; and electives linked to Law Society requirements and ongoing knowledge and development. Lawyers on the programme also attend workshops on advocacy, client care skills and financial and business skills.Hazell explained: "I wanted to take a more commercial view of training. We've made it much more compelling by linking the training to lawyers' strategic development and we've seen a dramatic rise in turnover."