ERS – the UK’s largest specialist motor insurer – has successfully helped an employee be the first at the company to qualify as a practising solicitor through their legal development programme affiliated with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), following an investment in training at the firm designed to upskill its employees.
Laura John, who has worked with ERS since July 2015, is now a qualified solicitor working on personal injury claims at the specialist insurer.
She is the first employee to qualify under the CILEx scheme, but eight other employees are also completing the qualifications as the company looks to invest in and develop its workforce in Swansea.
The company’s investment in training follows the strategic decision taken by the London-headquartered company to invest in its Swansea hub, relocating a number of roles to the city from London. In anticipation of its growth, in 2015 ERS moved into a new 33,000 sq ft premises in Crucible Park, Swansea Vale.
The company’s expansion has already brought many skilled and technical roles previously seldom found within financial services in South Wales.
ERS provides motor insurance for vehicles that are a bit different, such as classic cars, combine harvesters and even the most exclusive of supercars for unique events like the Gumball 3000 Rally.
Lauren Edwards, HR Director at ERS, said:
“We are immensely proud of Laura who has worked tirelessly to be our first employee to complete her CILEx qualifications and achieve her lifelong goal of being recognised as a practising solicitor. Investing in our employees in Swansea to enhance their skills and career development is incredibly important to the company. Not only does is provide us with highly skilled employees, but it makes such a difference to the confidence of individuals at the company, which is rewarding for everybody.
“We have no doubt that our other employees embarking on the CILEx scheme will follow Laura’s success and look forward to enhancing the skills and qualification of more employees in the imminent future.”