Horwich Farrelly, the leading specialist insurance industry law firm which has its head office in Manchester has extended its partnership with Pure Innovations, a Manchester charity that helps people with disabilities or health related issues find work and live independent lives.
The partnership enjoyed great success in its first year when, after impressing their new colleagues with their dedication, skills and attitude, two young men on the Pure Innovations scheme were offered permanent positions at the firm.
So successful was the scheme that Horwich Farrelly offered a further two internships this year. However, impressed with the calibre of students at Trafford General Hospital, Gillian Gibson, Head of Legal Support & Facilities, created a further internship and all three have now joined the firm on a permanent basis.
Gillian said: “When we visited this years’ class at Trafford General we were so impressed with the students’ presentations to us that we increased the number of internships from two to three. On conclusion of their placements we were delighted to be able to offer them paid employment, with all of three of them starting their working lives with us this month. With their confident approach and engaging manners, the interns have become a valuable assets within key areas of the business, including our front of house facilities team and call handling team. Our new recruit to our Case Administration team also demonstrated conscientiousness and a keen eye for detail. All have shown incredible dedication and willingness in learning new skills, engaging with their new colleagues or undertaking online training modules.”
“The Pure Innovations initiative has been a great success and we are extremely pleased that students have become part of the Horwich Farrelly family,” explained Horwich Farrelly Director of People, Liz Partington. “Our values and belief is that anybody can work if they are given the right support. That everyone has something of value. It’s all about getting to know the individual and finding out what their skills and aspirations are and how best to support them. We were delighted the interns accepted our offers of permanent positions and we are looking forward to seeing what the future brings with this scheme.”
Discussing how Horwich Farrelly have quickly become a valuable partner to their supported internship projects, Natalie Irvine, Employment Officer at Pure Innovations, said: “Just like their first interns earlier this year, Horwich Farrelly had everything prepared and ready for all of our new starters in their induction and this made them feel welcome, as did all the staff. They are all extremely happy with their roles and teams they are working with. They have been perfectly matched to the right department and we are so pleased to hear how far each of them have come in such a short space of time.
“The opportunities Horwich Farrelly have given to these young people have not only lead to paid employment, but has also increased their confidence, encouraged them to travel independently, improved their social skills and allowed them to make a smooth transition into adulthood. The ripple effect and the impact that our partnership has on our young people is immeasurable. It’s not just a job, it’s about changing someone’s life.”
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