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John M Hayes goes back to school to find next generation of costs specialists


Morris: comprehensive teaching platform

Leading costs firm John M Hayes is moving away from just recruiting graduates by launching a three-year traineeship aimed at A-level students.

The company is looking to recruit one trainee in all but one of its 11 offices, to start in September. Applicants need three A-levels at grade C or higher.

Philip Morris, regional manager of John M Hayes’s Birmingham office, claimed that no other costs firm offered “such a comprehensive teaching platform” for trainee costs professionals.

“Nearly everyone in our company started as a trainee or apprentice, all of whom we have taught the skills to become a fully competent law costs draftsman following a successful tried-and-tested in-house training programme developed by our team over many years.” Many of these draftsmen have since become costs lawyers.

Mr Morris said that in launching the traineeship scheme, the firm was “mindful of the government’s concern about youth unemployment and also of the plight of many graduates with huge debts unable to find work”.

He explained: “We have previously had great success in recruiting graduates, a good many of whom have made the grade and stayed with us for many years.

“We thought, however, that we might start a little earlier, particularly given the fact that many students who do not want to go to university can be at a disadvantage in the labour market.”

Applications close on 23 May. Click here [2] for details.