When Alison Nugent joined a leading Coventry solicitors at the age of 16, she never imagined she would stay for more than a quarter of a century.
The 43-year-old joined Brindley Twist Tafft and James, which is now based in Lowick Gate, Siskin Drive, as an office junior in April 1985.
Alison initially worked in the conveyancing, probate and commercial department and, through hard work and skill, she moved into the accounts department in the late 1980s.
She has remained in the department ever since and is now head legal cashier as she prepares to mark her 27th anniversary with the firm.
While Alison is one of the longest-serving employees, one of Brindley Twist Tafft and James’ newest recruits is business and administration apprentice Lucy Murch.
The 19-year-old secured three distinctions in her National Diploma in Equine Management at Moreton Morrell Agricultural College but, after deciding on a career change, she successfully applied for a business and administration pprenticeship with the long-established solicitors.
Jo Sinar, office manager at Brindley Twist Tafft and James, said the path taken by both women was an endorsement for the importance of the 100 in 100 campaign being run by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the National Apprenticeship Service.
The project has been launched to encourage 100 companies and organisations to take on 100 apprentices in 100 days in a bid to reduce unemployment and improve skills in the region.
“Alison and Lucy are at different stages of their careers but apprenticeships and on the job training have played a vital role for both of them,” Jo said. “The role of apprentices has changed over the years but Alison was given an opportunity which she took and through studying and commitment to the firm, she gained promotions to her current position.
“Lucy is at the start of her employment with us but she has already shown that she is a capable and determined to succeed and it is important everyone learns the basics skills of their job before aiming for more managerial positions.
“We take apprenticeships very seriously because they offer young people an excellent opportunity to take the first step on the career ladder and it allows us to train people in the way we want them to progress in a structured manner.
“It also leads to loyalty – as exemplified by Alison – to Brindley Twist Tafft and James which is exactly what we hope to achieve so that our clients receive the benefit of their training.”