Irwin Mitchell spruces up training contract with central funds

Irwin Mitchell is to centralise its first-year training budget as part of a wider overhaul of the firm’s ­training strategy.

Traditionally the firm gave trainees six-month trial periods in four seats over two years. Now trainees will spend four months in three seats for the first year before choosing to specialise in the second year.

Partners will funnel money into a central budget to pay for the first half of the training contract, but in the second year individual practices will pick up the bill.

Irwin Mitchell head of graduate recruitment Sue Lenkowski said: “We needed a radical rethink of the training ­contract to fit the needs of our broad business base.

“We wanted partners to see this as a unique way of financing training for the first year so that they would take ownership of the scheme.”