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Sarah Hardy-Pickering

Sarah Hardy-Pickering

Head of Learning and Development,
Weightmans

Sarah Hardy-Pickering is the Head of Learning and Development at Weightmans and leads a team of 12 highly skilled Business and IT trainers and qualified coaches. Weightmans LLP has over 1300 staff and offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle. Weightmans is committed to reaching its full potential through its dedicated and remarkable staff and works hard to create a culture that motivates, challenges and supports their employees. Having spent 24 years teaching people how to be lawyers, Sarah was tempted into the commercial world by the challenge of teaching lawyers how to be people. Sarah is responsible for the delivery of the firm’s business focussed learning and development strategy. Sarah has created their innovative Leadership Academy programmes as part of the talent management and succession planning agenda. Sarah specialises in designing and delivering business skills training with a view to helping delegates become an even better version of themselves. Her goal is to bring order, enjoyment and engagement to each working day, alongside minimising panic and chaos. Sarah has been instrumental in Weightmans’ recruitment and embedding of their apprentices and influenced the Board to broaden the routes into law leading to us recruiting the first Level 4 legal Apprentice in the country. Sarah oversees the apprenticeship pathways and programmes at Weightmans. Sarah is proud to be an Apprentice Ambassador and to spread the word about the varying routes into the legal profession. Outside of work Sarah specialises in eating, drinking, reading, knitting and swimming - but not always all at the same time.

Hear from the National Apprenticeship Awards Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year 2018 and assess:

  • The journey and motivating factors to becoming a higher or degree apprentice
  • What makes an apprentice thrive and succeed in their role?
  • How can employers and providers ensure they meet the needs of an apprentice and deliver a programme that offers real value?