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2019

"Match the salary with competitor firms."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Greater effort could be made to facilitate seat choices. While it would be unrealistic to expect to get your first choice on a seat rotation every time, and it is best to keep an open mind to the seat allocated, there are instances of trainees never getting the chance to work in their first-choice seat."
First year trainee, Newcastle Upon Tyne
"More understanding of the need for trainees to get commercial experience."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The pay should be increased."
Second year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"There could be better organisation around seat rotation and more secondment opportunities."
First year trainee, Southampton
"HR should speak to each trainee on an individual basis to discuss seats and what they hope to get out of the training contract."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Let us find out our seats earlier than the week before rotation. More consideration could be taken around people's preferences."
First year trainee, Bristol

2018

"The seat rotation process could be run slightly more in advance so that trainees don't find out at the very last minute where they would move to. It has improved, but we still find out late in comparison to other firms."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Equal pay for trainees across all regional offices."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Better conversations in relation to seat rotation, especially for second years who may be starting to think about where they want to qualify."
Second year trainee,
"I would prefer to have six seats of four months each rather than four seats of six months."
First year trainee, bristol
"More choice when it comes to seat rotations."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"Clarify the procedures for applying for secondments."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"Better communication around seat rotations and secondments."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Performance-based rewards (whether it be seat rotation, bonuses or something else)."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Be more flexible when it comes to trainees doing seats in different offices so they can do more of what they want."
First year trainee, Normally Plymouth currently London
"Earlier communication when it comes to seat rotations."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Offer more formal and work-focused training prior to, and at the start of, seats."
Second year trainee, Leeds

2016

"More structured feedback."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Better HR support for trainees."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Feedback from supervisors should count towards a point-based scoring system for trainees when it comes to seat rotation."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Greater transparency in the seat rotation."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Inform trainees of their next seat sooner."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I think that communication from HR on seat change timings and the NQ process should be improved."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I think that some of the compulsory Professional Skills Courses should be at the start of the training contract as part of the induction process. I think that this would help the trainee group get to know each other, as we are all placed throughout the firm's offices."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"We would like to be able to get all the trainees together more often for social events as we are often split into groups according to location."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There should be more support staff provided to help with 'non-chargeable' tasks, such as an events coordinator."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Seat rotations could be announced further in advance."
First year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"I would like there to be more discussion around first seats."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I would like an induction week, at one location where all trainees have to stay together and there are social events/activities throughout the whole week. Currently it is two days at either the Bristol or Newcastle office without social events outside of the work environment and it does not give you enough opportunity/time to properly get to know the trainees from all of the offices."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I would get all the trainees together the day before we start to socialise and relieve the tension on day one!"
First year trainee, Bristol
"Perhaps the pay could be a little higher for trainees."
First year trainee, Bristol
"A little more involvement from the training principal and a more structured approach to appraisals would be useful."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The seat rotations could be handled more effectively."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Ensuring that partners have enough time to be supervisors before giving them the extra work load could be beneficial."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"A stronger alignment between the north and south offices could prevent a divide forming."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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