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Yorkshire law firm Gordons has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 employers for school leavers, following a nationwide survey.

As a result, the firm has also been named as a finalist at an awards ceremony due to take place in May.

This is the latest recognition for Gordons’s apprenticeship programme, which the firm launched in 2011. Since then, Gordons has taken on 19 apprentices. Last year saw the programme celebrate its first two graduates, Bryony Russell and Megan Boldison, who were both aged 23 when they completed the programme.

Gordons created its apprenticeship programme to provide an alternative route into the profession for bright 18-year-old school leavers without them needing to attend university. It offers an apprenticeship taking its chartered legal executive lawyers to the maximum Level 6–an honours degree equivalent–rather than the Level 3 offered by similar schemes.

Gordons managing partner Paul Ayre said: “Launching our apprenticeship programme was one of the best things we have ever done. It’s been really beneficial to our business, inspiring our colleagues and winning support from clients. It’s great when the programme receives external recognition such as this.”

Gordons Apprenticeship Programme graduates Bryony Russell (left) and Megan Boldison FINAL (1)