Employer Award

Keoghs

2019 National Winner

Keoghs law firm pride themselves on investing in learning to support the development of home-grown skills and talent.

“Keoghs are committed to providing staff-centred workplace learning. We provide comprehensive learning and development opportunities for staff at all levels. All our staff have an individual training record, career discussion and development plan, regardless of role and contract. We offer more than 30 apprenticeships a year, and sponsor operational staff to take professional law qualifications.

Working with Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Adult Education, Bolton College and Jobcentre Plus we have also supported over 100 local long-term unemployed people to access a sector-based work academy (SBWA) since 2016 with 76% of participants coming from disadvantaged areas. These are people who would never normally apply for a job in a law firm. Almost half of the learners gain a job with us, and others going on to find work elsewhere.

As a result of our investment in learning and development we have seen enhanced business performance, improved retention to 82%, reduced sickness, and raised morale.

The SBWA and other mentoring and engagement activities enable us to give back to our community. Every business is based in a community and proactively engaging with that community drives employer brand, loyalty and sources great employees.”

Learner, Nathan, said “After 18 months out of work I attended an employability course with Keoghs, which turned out to be a life changing opportunity. The course boosted my confidence and improved my skills, and I was offered a job. The ongoing coaching and development support that I was provided with blew me away. Within seven months I had secured a promotion.”

Jayne Tramontana, adult education manager at Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council said, “Keoghs have an outstanding ethos, commitment and proven track record in providing staff-centred workplace learning and extending this into the wider community.”