Bond Dickinson, which is the largest law firm in Plymouth, has been highly commended at The Herald Business Awards 2017 for its apprenticeship scheme. 

The firm was recognised following its nomination for the Apprenticeship Development Award.

The award ceremony, which took place last Thursday 20 April at Plymouth Pavilions, paid tribute to the achievements of businesses and individuals working in Plymouth.

Bond Dickinson has received the 'Highly Commended' accolade on the back of its successful apprenticeship programme, which it launched in 2014 in its Plymouth office, being one of the first law firms to make legal apprenticeships available. It now employs eleven apprentices, including seven legal apprentices and following the success of the pilot scheme in Plymouth, the firm has been rolling out further programmes across other business functions and locations which includes a solicitor apprenticeship in Newcastle.

Craig Moore, Partner and Head of the Plymouth Office, said:  "We're delighted to have been recognised  by the Herald Business Awards. Hiring apprentices is absolutely the right thing to do in our sector. University isn't for everyone and so we wanted to create alternative routes into the profession and open up opportunities for young people who might not have thought that a career in law was for them - or even possible. We are committed to developing and expanding our apprenticeship offering and to provide continued learning opportunities following our apprentices' graduation."

Amongst the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer, Bond Dickinson scooped the coveted Large Newcomer Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards in January and also won Employer of Year Award from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives last October.