Flex Trainee: Q&A with Mark Sanford, GC at Next15
Flex Trainee is our brand new SQE qualification programme, aimed at helping talented, diverse aspiring lawyers from socially mobile backgrounds get into the notoriously competitive legal industry.
We had a chat with Mark Sanford, General Counsel and Company Secretary at Next15 Communications Group PLC, who were one of the first cohort 1 clients to take on a Flex Trainee last October, Afroditi Griva, an LPC graduate with extensive legal work experience.
Since then, Afroditi has settled in incredibly well with the Next15 legal team and has made a great impression during her time there. Take a read below to see how Flex Trainee has aligned perfectly with the Next15 ethos and values.
What have been the key benefits of using Flex Trainee for your in-house team?It was great to know that Flex had already selected candidates and had the infrastructure set up for the SQE. It saved us a lot of time and effort, and we knew we were getting good trainees.
Why is social mobility important to your organisation?As a company we have a culture of inclusivity and diversity. I love the way the trainees were selected and this met with the ethos of our company.
“It was great to know that Flex had already selected candidates and had the infrastructure set up for the SQE. It saved us a lot of time and effort, and we knew we were getting good trainees.”
How valuable was the induction training Flex ran before your trainee started work?It was great – they arrived with some knowledge and ideas that helped them ‘hit the ground running’.
How have you found using the Flex Legal SQE Journal?This has been very helpful for both parties to keep track of work completed and progress.
“The Flex induction programme was great – they arrived with some knowledge and ideas that helped them ‘hit the ground running’.”
How have the rest of the business responded to the scheme, outside of your legal department?It has been welcomed across the business. We have included a few paragraphs in our annual report as we think it reflects our values, and shows how we consider the broader stakeholders in our decisions.
- Hire a Flex Trainee - are you in an in-house team which is passionate about social mobility and diversity? Then head to our hire page to find out more about our unique scheme today.
- Apply to be a Flex Trainee - if you’re an aspiring lawyer from a socially mobile background, check out this recent blog post to find out how to apply to Flex Trainee via STRIVE.
- Tomorrow’s legal industry, today - discover how Flex Trainee can help you to enhance your in-house team with a talented, deserving future lawyer.