When in doubt, check them out – Convey Law has been recognised for its innovative apprenticeship programme and training courses in a virtual awards ceremony hosted by none other than GoCompare opera star, Wynne Evans.
The conveyancing firm was named Best Medium Employer at the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021, organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales.
Based in Newport, South Wales, Convey Law developed and launched its own apprenticeship programme as it was struggling to recruit experienced conveyancers to grow the business.
The programme, described as “life changing” by its Managing Director, Lloyd Davies, provides complete novices with the opportunity to qualify as licensed conveyancers within three years whilst working and earning in a professional environment as they progress to qualification.
The Conveyancing Academy courses have helped to meet recruitment targets, with the number of conveyancers increasing from 25 in 2019 to 55 in 2020.
In the last year alone, apprentice numbers at the firm have doubled from 15 to 30 and Convey Law’s total workforce is on course to double by the end of 2021 to just under 200.
Davies said: “When we launched Convey Law, we did so with the intention of not just helping to revolutionise the conveyancing process for clients but also of bringing something back to Wales and our community by providing employment and career opportunities.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that our apprenticeship programme has been truly life-changing for some of our apprentices. It has provided them with a training pathway and a professional career with enhanced and sustainable prospects for them.”
Convey’s training courses have become industry-leading and are now available to other law firms and conveyancing practices through the Conveyancing Academy. They are the only training courses to be fully accredited by the Society for Licensed Conveyancers.
The Conveyancing Academy currently has a funding partnership with Cardiff and Vale College to offer its courses free of charge to other legal practices in Wales, with similar funding arrangements available for English legal practices. Courses are 95 – 100% Government- funded, allowing legal practices throughout the UK to grow their conveyancing teams quickly and effectively for the first time.
Davies adds: “To date, not only has the programme enabled us to train scores of our own apprentices, providing those career prospects for many in the South Wales region and beyond, but our sister organisation the Conveyancing Academy has become an industry-leading provider of conveyancing courses, meaning hundreds more around the UK are training and qualifying through our Conveyancing Pathway training courses.”