Bevan Brittan has overhauled its training programme for trainees, assistants and associates following the appointment of a new training and development manager. The South West firm is now rolling the system out to partners.
The new programme, ‘Development Tracks’, gives lawyers a defined map of their career development for every year of their training.
Training and development manager Mike Hazell, who joined Bevan Brittan from mobile telecoms company Siemens Communications last October, told The Lawyer: “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 also patchy.”
Since then Hazell has introduced the Develop-ment 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 financial and business skills, advocacy and client care 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.”