Working for me

Posted by Mererid McDaid on

This article first appeared in @Charter Housing magazine - Autumn 2014.

Growing Ambitions gives young people nominated by local social housing associations the chance to spend a week with Blake Morgan Solicitors, gaining vital work experience and learning more about the world of business that will enhance their prospects of employment at a later date.

Mentored by trainee solicitors, the week long programme includes the opportunity to spend “a day in the life of” a lawyer, attending Court, taking part in workshops to learn skills such as negotiation and presentation and time with human resources professionals who give tips on interview techniques and completing applications forms.

Joanna Rees, a Partner with Blake Morgan explains: “Social mobility in the UK continues to lag behind other nations and whilst recent records indicate that youth unemployment is falling, young people continue to face increasing difficulties to get on to the employment ladder. As a firm we consider that we must work together to support our young people and grow ambitions”. 

Mererid McDaid, Associate with Blake Morgan and who is responsible for co-ordinating the scheme adds: “We are extremely pleased that we are able to work in partnership with David Gape at Charter Housing to offer young people aged 15-16 meaningful work experience.

Since its inception, interest in the scheme has grown and we are delighted that Growing Ambitions provides an interesting and motivating experience for young people.” 

Muhammud Muflahi, a Charter resident, was lucky enough to have this experience arranged for him by David who runs Charter’s Working for ME project.

Muhammud said “It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of working as a professional in a law office, I would really like to go back and do it again.” Many thanks to Blake Morgan for this opportunity.

For further information on Growing Ambitions and other work experience opportunities please contact:

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Mererid is an Associate in our commercial team and has advises clients from the public sector on constitutional and governance and information governance issues.

Mererid McDaid
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Joanna is a Partner in the Construction team, specialising in health and social housing; construction, development work, regeneration and issues of governance.

Joanna Rees
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