Local students check in with Allen & Overy

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Business, Community
High calibre South Eastern Regional College students from Newry and Lurgan have completed nine days of professional training and mentoring with Allen & Overy, as part of a unique course designed to bolster expertise in the legal market.

Students Claire Skelton from Lurgan and Ian Morgan from Newry put their skills to the test at Allen & Overy’s Belfast office

The four-month Document Skills Foundation Course is the only training programme in Northern Ireland to let students experience the fast pace of a global law firm and learn the technical skills required to manage legal documents. Students are given training on legal text processing, speed keying and digital transcription. Last year, more than half of the trainees taking part in year one secured offers of employment before graduation, including three who joined the ranks in A&O. Paula Feeney Document Services Manager at Allen & Overy’s Support Service Centre in Belfast said, “This course is not just about creating great Allen & Overy employees, but equipping people with the knowhow that can benefit the Northern Ireland business community. “It is preparing people to meet a demand that is already here and sustain a pool of high quality talent that can excel in a modern, fast-paced work environment. Opportunities are available for those with the right skills to develop rewarding careers in the legal sector. We hope to confirm a number of hires once the students complete the remainder of the course in February.” Thompson Keating, Director of Corporate and Economic Development at SERC said, “This programme is about providing people with practical, sought-after skills by focusing our joint efforts on solving the skills gaps issues. The practical knowledge from this programme will give trainees the edge in the jobs marketplace. “SERC is committed to working with businesses and providing training in response to their needs. This course is a powerful demonstration of how further education colleges and the private sector are working together to support employment and economic development,” he added.
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