CILEx Law School – not just talking the talk on apprenticeships

As well as providing training to apprentices located in client organisations throughout England, CILEx Law School has its own apprentices employed at College House. We also have two members of staff who joined as apprentices and are now in full-time roles with the company.

Georgina

Georgina Adams-Stout joined us in June 2014 and has completed both the Level 2 and the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration. During her apprenticeships her role was to manage the administration of bookings on our face-to-face induction days and professional skills workshops. She also processed tutor claims for payment for freelance marking work. Georgina completed her Level 3 Apprenticeship in March 2016 and is now employed on a permanent contract as one of our Customer Advisors and also acts as Course Administrator on our City & Guilds Legal Secretarial and Legal Administration courses.

Georginal says: “Apprenticeships are a good way of getting your foot in the door in a career that you are interested in. They give a good opportunity to learn and earn at the same time and grow with an organisation.”

Joe and Hannah

Joe Freestone and Hannah West are Apprentice Recruitment Assistants, following the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration. Joe joined us in June 2017, having completed a Level 2 apprenticeship with a previous employer and Hannah joined in November 2017. Their role is to deal with enquiries from prospective apprentices and to help our client organisations fill their apprenticeship vacancies.

Joe is due to finish his apprenticeship in July 2018. He says: “Apprenticeships are the perfect way to gain valuable work experience whilst also achieving qualifications. This is my second apprenticeship now and I find the balance of working and learning perfect, I love being able to put the theory in to practice straight away and I feel this prepares me for a great career in the future.”

Millie

Millie Collier joined us in 18 September 2017 to follow the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administation. She is a member of the Customer Service Team, answering customer queries and processing student applications for CILEx courses. She also has specific duties as the administrator on the CILEx Level 3 Legal Research unit and assists with tutor claims and revision administration.

Millie says: “Apprenticeships are a great way to get experience in the working environment as well as gain a qualification alongside. They help to get contacts in the industry to help develop yourself within the business. Nowadays, many companies look for experience, as well as qualifications to see if you have the ability to cope in a professional environment; this is where I believe apprentices have an advantage in applying for jobs.”

Kathryn

Kathryn Jack started with CILEx Law School in March 2012 to follow the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration as a Customer Service Advisor. When she finished her apprenticeship she moved across to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) to work as Coordinator of International Programmes, then as Qualification Development Administrator and Product Development Officer. She moved back to CILEx Law School to become Assistant Business Manager and now, aged 23, she is Apprenticeship Recruitment Manager with two Level 3  apprentices (Joe and Hannah) reporting in to her. Kathryn reports directly to the Director of Business and Apprenticeships, leading the recruitment function to fill vacancies for our employer clients. Her role involves building and maintaining relationships with contacts in client organisations.

Kathryn says: “The key advantages of apprenticeships are:

  • Money
  • Independence
  • Support
  • Drive
  • Career.”

Kathryn is a wonderful example of how an apprenticeship can help you build a career within an organisation. In September she will enrol on a degree-level Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management with Aston University to become a Chartered Manager.