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Horwich Farrelly: inspiring young people with Salford Foundation

June, 13, 2017

Horwich Farrelly has held their first event in partnership with Salford Foundation to raise awareness of career opportunities among unemployed young people in Greater Manchester.

Earlier this week, the law firm welcomed a group of eleven young people to its Manchester head office in support of the foundation’s Inspired to Aspire programme. The project is aimed at young people aged 16-19 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) but who are ready to commit the time and effort required to improve their knowledge, skills and employability level.

Jared Mallinson and Laura Ennion

Young people were able to quiz Partner, Jared Mallinson, and HR Resourcing Coordinator, Laura Ennion, about their working experiences at Horwich Farrelly.

The aim of the visit was to help them decide the area of work in which they see their future.

The visit began with a short introduction to the firm’s values, the type of services it offers and some of its insurer clients. This was followed by an opportunity to quiz existing employees about their career path to date and their working experiences at Horwich Farrelly.

This included Counter Fraud Partner, Jared Mallinson, who discussed how he has enjoyed a successful career in law despite opting not to follow a traditional degree route into the profession, and HR Resourcing Coordinator, Laura Ennion, who spoke about her career progression with Horwich Farrelly and what the firm looks for in prospective job applicants. Holly Andrews, aged 20, who is in the final year of her legal apprenticeship with the firm, also spoke in detail about how she has balanced her work with her academic studies.

The visit concluded with a number of interactive exercises designed to get young people thinking about their own abilities and how they can be applied in the workplace.

Rob Barrett, Managing Partner, said “Many of our most successful lawyers did not take conventional routes into the legal profession so we hope that this visit helped highlight how the absence of a law degree does not limit the opportunities available to young people currently out of work.

“We firmly believe that our success has been achieved by having a socially diverse workforce which is why we are constantly exploring new ways of breaking down barriers to a career in law such as our award-winning legal apprenticeship programme, reducing the amount of jargon in our job adverts and expanding our legal placement scheme for students.

“We look forward to continuing to work with organisations like Salford Foundation and hope that some of those visiting us today will consider applying for roles in the future.”

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