Brodies signs up to invest in young for the future

A top Scottish law firm which has made training an integral part of its business has given its backing to the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

Brodies said its decision to start taking on trainees two years ago had helped widen the talent pool available to it by attracting people who thought the legal profession was only for graduates.

The company has now created an opportunity for a young person to work as a secretarial support assistant at its Aberdeen office as part of our mission to generate 100 new jobs in 100 days.

The successful applicant for the role – described by Brodies as fundamental to its operation – will complete an SVQ in business administration during their apprenticeship.

Heather McTavish

Heather McTavish, 20, completed that particular qualification before climbing the ladder to become an executive assistant.

Ms McTavish, who works at Brodies’ Glasgow headquarters, said she mastered a range of skills through the traineeship, including problem solving, managing her own performance and customer service.

She said: “I’ve had a great time working at Brodies as I work closely with a lot of different litigation teams.

“Every day is a learning day for me, from IT skills to court procedures, as well as communicating with a variety of people on all different levels.”

In future, she would like to be in a position to pass on the skills she acquired to other young trainees.

The company’s newest apprentice, Liam Macdonald, said he relished the chance to provide hands-on technical support for clients.

Mr Macdonald, 20, who is studying for a diploma in IT and telecoms, also revealed a guilty pleasure he gets from the job.

“I like having the responsibility of creating the door passes for each new employee who joins the firm,” he said.

Brodies said its strategy of taking on trainees had been so successful that it always weighs up the possibility of filling new junior posts with apprentices.

HR director Kirstie McLennan said: “We care about the training and development of those at the start of their careers, as we understand that it is vital not only for our firm but also for the future sustainability of the UK’s workforce.

“The Press and Journal’s campaign clearly recognises the importance of employers investing in the future workforce of Aberdeen, and Brodies want to be a part of this.”

Become a secretarial support assistant at Brodies by sending a CV to A full job description is available to view at

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