A LAW firm in Northumberland has helped a jobseeker close the case on an 18-month job search by creating a new post for an apprentice.
Whitehead and Low appointed 20-year-old Jordan Bagnall as a business administration apprentice, after an expansion and move from Blyth to Bedlington.
The opportunity was a major breakthrough for Jordan, who struggled to find work after leaving Hirst High School in Ashington.
Whitehead and Low chose the apprenticeship route as it offered them a cost effective solution to help them find additional administration staff.
The company contacted Newcastle College as it offers a free recruitment service which takes time and preparation, associated with recruiting new staff, away from a company.
The college worked with Whitehead and Low to establish what they looked for in a team member. After interviewing possible candidates, the college introduced Jordan to the firm and he was appointed.
Bagnall is the first apprentice the firm has taken on. His new role involves helping in all departments, but particularly conveyancing.
Paul Stevens, paralegal at Whitehead and Low said: “The idea of appointing an apprentice appealed to us because of the opportunity it presented to make a real difference to a local young person.
"The advantages of taking on Jordan, as far as we see it, are that we could help give him a deserved break and help him to forge a bright career. In return, we have benefited by finding an employee who is enthusiastic and motivated with a real sense of purpose.”
Bagnall said: “I was beginning to lose heart after being unemployed for so long, but the more I found out about apprenticeships the more likely they seemed to be the solution."
Barbara King, director of the School of Health and Enterprise at Newcastle College, said: “Apprenticeships are a popular option for all kinds of employers. For some businesses they can present an opportunity for affordable expansion while offering their new recruits a stepping stone into a new career.
Whitehead and Low was founded by John Whitehead in 2004 as a residential and commercial conveyancing practice. It has expanded into other areas including commercial employment, family, wills and probate.