Carrie Butterworth has been awarded the National Apprenticeship Awards Intermediate Apprentice of the Year for the South West region at an Awards Ceremony on 19 October 2016. Carrie, who works for Newnham and Jordan, Solicitors, was taught her apprenticeship qualifications through CILEx Law School. She will now go forward to the National Finals in January.
Carrie joined Newnham and Jordan as an Intermediate Apprentice in Legal Administration in September 2014 and completed the programme in April 2016. To begin with she handled straightforward administrative tasks, but during the course of her apprenticeship she developed the confidence and knowledge to be a significant contributor to the firm. Working in the Family Department, she now drafts divorce documents, prepare bundles for trial, conducts client meetings and attends Court to meet clients and counsel. She has also saved the firm a lot of fee earners’ time by streamlining procedures and creating templates.
Fiona Pawsey, Head of Family, Newnham and Jordan, said: “Since joining us as an apprentice, Carrie’s interest in law, her confidence in handling client enquiries and dealing with other professionals both in person and on the telephone have grown substantially. Working within Family Law she has learnt how to support vulnerable, emotional or angry clients. Her assistance to me has been invaluable. “
Carrie said: “I would like to show people that anything is possible and that you don’t have to go to University to achieve your goals. All you need is to have the motivation, ambition and willingness to learn. For an individual who didn’t achieve brilliant A-Level grades to get into University to study Law qualifying the traditional route, I am proof that there are other ways to enter the profession and be able to do the job just as well. The apprenticeship route has given me the practical hands-on experience needed within law. I believe the apprenticeship gives you a better insight into the job, compared to the predominately theory-based University route.”
Having completed her apprenticeship, Carrie is now being supported by Newnham and Jordan on CILEx Level 3 courses with CILEx Law School. Her long term goal is to become a Chartered Legal Executive and a fee earner within the firm.
Jenny Pelling, CILEx Law School’s Director of Business and Apprenticeships, said: “Congratulations to Carrie on winning the NAA regional finals. It’s a great achievement and testament to her hard work and to the contribution she makes to her employer’s business. She is an excellent example of the value of an apprenticeship as a recruitment and training tool.”
Carrie receiving her award from a representative of the National Apprenticeship Awards.