Nine legal services apprentices employed by Addleshaw Goddard have all achieved passes in their CILEx Level 3 exams. The results for the June 2014 exam session were announced last week. The Level 3 units form part of the apprentices’ technical certificate for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. The law and practice units are each assessed by a one-and-a-half-hour written exam.
The nine young people were taken on by the firm when the new Advanced Apprenticeship first became eligible for public funding last September. The Level 3 units are taught by CILEx Law School by a combination of distance and online learning, and face-to-face tuition which takes place in the firm.
One of the apprentices, Bethany Bilton, working in the Finance and Projects Team at Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester, had impressed her tutors and employer tremendously in the work she does, her attitude, and the determination she has shown in difficult circumstances. Bethany was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 12 and and was signed off from the hospital last year. She said:
“I feel I missed the teenage years that some unknowingly take for granted, so although this apprenticeship has been a challenge, it is also a massive leap forward to where I want to be in life. Being a lawyer has been my career goal from an early age but it’s surreal to think that I’m here in a large and busy law firm, worlds away from the life that many expected mine would become just a few years ago.
“I am looking forward to finishing my apprenticeship and there are a number of different options available to me now career wise. This apprenticeship has helped me to get back on track. We do complete work from the different divisions which is great as we are constantly trying new things. I was nervous when I first started, but the help and support has always been there.
“It’s hard to explain what I enjoy the most about the apprenticeship as there are so many different positive aspects. Enjoying the work that I do, meeting new people and experience life as a working person are just a few. A lot of my work is computer and paper based, and ‘bibling’ and scheduling are tasks that I particularly enjoy. My organisation skills have improved but the key thing for me has been getting my confidence back. We’re constantly learning and there’s always somebody available to talk to if we have any worries. I deal with the more senior fee-earners regularly who send out the initial instruction to the team leader, then we get allocated our tasks from there. It was pretty intimidating approaching senior people I didn’t know at first, but once you’ve been doing it a while, it gets a lot easier.”
Head of TST, Mike Potter said: “Beth is a very conscientious and hardworking apprentice. She takes real pride in her work, which is one of the qualities we look for in our paralegals and apprentices; this is reflected in the consistently good feedback I hear from lawyers in the firm who work with Beth, and who have very exacting standards. The thing that strikes me the most is how she has developed in her role. It will have been daunting for all of our apprentices to join a large commercial law firm, but Beth is growing in confidence all the time. I have every confidence that she will continue to develop and have a successful career in the legal profession.”
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