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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.8 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Everyone tries to make themselves as available as possible but, if they are unable to help, you will nearly always be pointed in the direction of someone who can. You are valued as a trainee and this is recognised. I have received time in lieu when I have had to work weekends as well as extra mile awards for hard work and good performance. Just because you are a trainee, it does not mean your work will go unrecognised."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"My training principal seems to be genuinely interested in my progress. Performance feedback occurs every three months, which is mid-seat and end-of-seat."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Each trainee is assigned a partner as a trainee principal. They take an active interest in supporting you throughout the training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"I have a partner mentor and a supervisor, both of whom I can go to for support. I have regular meetings with my supervisor to discuss how the seat is going and receive timely feedback on my work."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Recognition and feedback are both very good. Partners are approachable and keen to help."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2017

"I have support from a 'buddy' who has recently qualified and from a principal partner who is always available to me if I need to talk. There is also more informal support from other trainees and from people throughout the firm. Performance feedback is well structured and organised and there are opportunities for both formal and informal recognition in a variety of ways."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"This is generally very good. The vast majority of partners and associates are accessible and those who are supervisors are particularly supportive. Formal feedback is provided every three months and is usually very comprehensive. You will sometimes find that you will also receive specific feedback (in terms of praise/criticism/how to improve) for individual work as well."
Second year trainee, London
"The partners and senior lawyers in my team are extremely accessible. They will always make time to answer questions and they give the impression that you can approach them at their desks. They have also played a huge role in building my confidence and they recognise when I have done good work."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I've had very good relationships with my supervisors. Most people are friendly and helpful."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"My supervisor is very accessible and, because of this, I have learned a considerable amount both in terms of legal and non-legal skills, such as how to deal with clients. In terms of ongoing reviews, there is a mid-seat and an end-of-seat review. I have just had my mid-seat review and your supervisor really does put a lot of effort into it. The reviews really help to show that everyone you're working for really appreciates the work you do."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I receive timely feedback on my work and am able to approach all members of my team for help and support."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Each trainee has a training principal and a trainee 'buddy' as well as a supervisor in each team. There is plenty of informal mentoring and training on offer if trainees seek it out."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I have a great partner mentor. He attends all of my reviews and we catch up for lunch/coffee every so often. He takes an interest in my work and development and I can go to him with any questions. Performance feedback is generally good but it can depend on the people you are working for."
Second year trainee, London
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