A day in the life of a legal apprentice – Chelsea Bell, Port of Tyne

Chelsea Bell is currently doing a Paralegal Apprenticeship with the Port of Tyne. She previously completed a Legal Administration Apprenticeship, also delivered by CILEx Law School.

What prompted you to apply for this apprenticeship?

I previously completed a two-year apprenticeship in human resources and was working in the legal department one day a week, which I loved. When my apprenticeship finished in HR, my legal manager was recruiting for a full time legal apprentice. I applied for the role and was successful. I have always wanted to do law but I did not want to go to university full time. So with the apprenticeship I am in now I can earn money, gain experience, gain legal qualifications and go further.

Is the apprenticeship what you expected?

It is everything I expected and more. I am enjoying the studying and the experience.

What sort of work are you doing in your job?

In my team there is only my manager and I and we handle claims, contracts, debt recovery, prosecutions and take care of the insurance side too.

What has/have been your best, most valuable or unexpected apprenticeship experience(s) to date.

When I got offered the job and knowing that I would be gaining a paralegal qualification.

What do you feel have been the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship?

I have gained a lot of confidence.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship?

Yes I would 100% recommend an apprenticeship because it is a great way to gain qualifications and experience.

This case study was published for National Apprenticeship Week 2018