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4th April 2012

We have been advertising a job recently...a Traineeship. In Scotland the usual route to qualification as a solicitor is to take a four year law degree, a one year Diploma and then a two year training period in an office. It's a long road and the tragedy of the recession is that there have been many fewer Traineeships on offer over recent years as firms downsized. Youngsters have done their degrees and diplomas and then reached a road block. They can go no further to qualify. A really sad situation.

We have been deluged by applications. Dozens and dozens and the real tragedy is that the vast bulk of them sound like the sort of people anyone would be delighted to employ. Most have done or are doing voluntary work and/or any old job while they hang around trying to get fixed up. They are not sitting back moaning about things. They are using their energies and talents in the charity sector in lots of different ways and earning money in part time menial low paid jobs. Their various achievements are impressive. I wish we could take on a dozen.

We are able to offer a Traineeship because since the end of last year we have seen a marked increase in business of all types and need to expand staff numbers again. That's great. Maybe there are green shoots. I don't understand macro economics. I simply imagine that if our small firm are hiring a couple of people then if you multiply that by ten thousand small firms the slow economic ship will start to turn. Macroeconomics is just micro economics multiplied up?

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