17 Sep 2018
Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, an initiative of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and part of the Scottish Government’s strategy to improve youth employability, has named CMS as its Employer of the Month.
CMs is a future-facing, global law firm well equipped to help clients confront challenges and seize opportunities with confidence. Their Scottish offices across Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow are strong supporters of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and understand the importance of engaging with young people to help build their skills, confidence and knowledge to succeed when they leave school. They also recognise the significant opportunities it presents for their own people to advance their own personal development.
Over the past 10 years CMS has developed strategic business partnerships with several primary and secondary schools across the country, providing opportunities to engage in a number of CMS-led initiatives as well as supporting the individual needs of each school.
The Glasgow team are particularly supportive of the MCR Pathways mentoring Programme which supports young people through one-to-one mentoring with particular emphasis of three pathways: re-engagement in education, working toward further education and vocational training. Volunteers give one hour a week during term time to support these young people.
“Being an MCR Pathways mentor has been a very rewarding experience and has the added bonus of having helped develop professional skills. All in all, this is a fantastic scheme that I would urge others to get involved in."
CMS Partner and mentor, Kirsten Partridge
The team in Glasgow also helped support 33 young people from less advantaged backgrounds, from various local authorities across the West of Scotland who took part in the Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP), a new programme to run in the City this year.
The young people spent a week of their summer holidays with a number of businesses which included Network Rail, PwC, SSE, Glasgow Warriors, ACCA and STV. Pupils were given an insight into the world of work and the various opportunities available to them and, heard directly from the businesses about the skills required for the workforce of the future.
CMS have their own work experience programme which links into PRIME, the profession-wide undertaking committed to providing quality work experience to young people from less advantaged backgrounds. They also have a Bursary Scheme, making a career in law more accessible to aspiring lawyers by awarding up to five bursaries each year, paying £2,500 towards each year of the successful applicant’s law degree, providing mentoring by a qualified lawyer and paid work experience with during their first year of University.
As well as this CMS run Career Insight Days which are interactive sessions exploring the different roles available and, skills required within a legal practice. They also run a paired reading programme with a number of local primary schools, with volunteers dedicating an hour a week working one-to-one with primary school students to help improve their literacy skills. CMS also runs their World of Work Workshops, interactive sessions that introduce the world of work to primary school students.
“We combine the expertise, talent and passion of our people to support a wide range of education and social mobility initiatives that we hope will not only inspire the next generation of professionals but, equips them with the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed. Our involvement in all of the initiatives mentioned above allows us to engage with and support our local communities. In many cases, such work when done collaboratively with others, can have a greater and more tangible impact. We are delighted to support the work of DYW and would encourage all businesses, large or small, to get involved.”
CMS Corporate Responsibility Manager, Emily Catterwell