Honour in House of Lords

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An Awsworth apprentice is the first from Nottinghamshire to be honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony at the House of Lords.

George Denton, an apprentice at Nottingham law firm Browne Jacobson, was one of 27 apprentices selected from more than 10,000 to be recognised for their hard work, dedication and commitment.

The awards ceremony took place at the House of Lords, where the apprentices were presented with an achievement award and certificate.

The 20-year-old, who works in the technical claims department, said: “I am very proud. The award shows that all our hard work is being recognised and appreciated.

“Every apprentice is valued as an individual and we have all been given tremendous support to help us make a great start on what I hope personally to be a very long career within the legal sector.

“I would like to thank our learning providers for such a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow.”

Browne Jacobson was one of the first law firms nationally to offer apprenticeships and George joined the programme in 2012.

He has recently completed his level two apprenticeship in legal administration.

Both Sue Husband, director of apprenticeships at the Skills Funding Agency and Gordon Birtwistle MP for apprenticeships awarded the accolades at the ceremony held in the Cholmondeley Roomat the House of Lords.

Speakers at the event included host Baroness Prashar CBE, the college’s principal and chief executive Dame Asha Khemka OBE and Ranjan Mathai, the High Commissioner of India.

Legal services manager at Browne Jacobson, Sally Swift, also took the opportunity to comment on George’s achievement.

She said: “We were delighted that George was recognised as one of only 27 apprentices to attend such a prestigious and important event at the House of Lords.

“George is a talented individual with exceptional standards.”

The firm recently invested a further £37,000 by enrolling all current 13 apprentices on the level three advanced apprenticeship in legal services which will contribute towards the first stage in qualifying as a chartered legal executive lawyer.