Edinburgh College & Morton Fraser

The College

Activate Learning

Edinburgh College has four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians, collectively training 19,000 students. Offering a wide variety of vocational and academic courses, the college provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs.

Each of the courses offered falls under the remit of one of five curriculum centres with course-specific facilities that enable learners to match the needs of the industry.

The Employer

Morton Fraser is one of the top ten law firms in Scotland. They work to deliver clear legal advice to the public sector, individuals and families.

In 2018, they were awarded the Business Insider’s Scottish SME of the year, an award that recognises Scotland’s best performing small and medium size businesses. They are leaders in 26 practice areas and have 270 dedicated people working in the firm.

The Partnership

Edinburgh College and Morton Fraser have developed a strong working partnership to support the Scottish law firm with training requirements ensuring management-level staff are confident in leading their teams. They started working together in February 2018.

The aim of the partnership is to deliver bespoke training to Morton Fraser, with content created to meet the specific needs of the firm’s staff. Edinburgh College trainers were originally tasked with creating training workshops focusing on Performance Management to support Morton Fraser managers and leaders when inspiring their teams. The second training course focused on helping delegates to engage colleagues in different types of conversations aimed at supporting team members to achieve challenging goals.

The Benefits

Following the success of this partnership, word has spread across all HR practitioners within Scottish Law Firms and as a result, the college has secured new training partnerships in the sector. Edinburgh College has enhanced its reputation in commercial training of this nature and has established its position as a leader delivering it.

Colleagues at Morton Fraser have also benefited greatly from the training courses led by Edinburgh College teaching staff. Feedback received from staff across various levels of the organisation has been overwhelmingly positive.

On top of the benefits of a more skilled workforce, Morton Fraser has benefitted from the strong support of the college. They were able to have face-to-face meetings with the staff which was helpful to ensure that their culture and specific needs were fully understood. The course was shaped by the requirement of the employer, so training was relevant and targeted. The employer said that the college was always fully engaged with them and demonstrated flexibility and commitment to their approach in delivering bespoke practical courses. They also said that they had every reason to recommend Edinburgh College to other employers.

What they say

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The training delivered by Edinburgh College was outstanding. The trainer herself possessed exceptional knowledge of the subject area and delivered the courses in such a manner that it was accessible to the broad range of staff taking part, which made it easy to understand and to put into practice.

Jenny Dickson, Morton Fraser partner and solicitor advocate

I really enjoyed the training. The group taking part was a mixture of people who had been managing teams for years and people like myself who are new to management and I thought the course catered really well to everyone involved.

It was a really positive experience for everyone, we learned a lot, the practical application of the course content was at the forefront of the training which meant we all felt we took something away from it that can actively be applied in our teams and our different areas of the business.

Jack Kerr, Morton Fraser senior solicitor

It’s been fantastic to see such a thriving and well-established business-like Morton Fraser tapping into bespoke training to upskill its staff.

More than that, the fact that colleagues from across the firm’s portfolio took part – partners, senior solicitors and associates – shows that the training packages our team designs are fit for staff at varying levels of management.

We’re delighted to have received such positive feedback from Morton Fraser and we look forward to working closely with them again.

Audrey Cumberford, Principal at Edinburgh College

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