CILEx Law School will be participating in National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 14-18 March 2016, by attending events across the country to help raise awareness of legal apprenticeships and of current vacancies for this year’s school leavers with our client organisations.
We shall also be sharing the experiences of our current apprentice students through ‘a day in the life of’ articles to be published on our website throughout the week.
Top row: Zachary Coleman, Katy Brown, Holly O’Farrell and Gretchen Curtis-Wheeler;
Bottom row: Sophie Fullerton, Benjamin Bennett-Williams, Abbi Lavill and Ben Ingham
Monday 14 March
We start the week by attending the National Apprenticeship Show at Milton Keynes on Monday 14 March to deliver interactive sessions demonstrating the benefits of apprenticeships. We’ll also be at the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair where to raise awareness of some really exciting current vacancies for this year’s school leavers amongst our client organisations including with national law firm Irwin Mitchell in a number of their offices including Leeds.
We shall also publish the ‘day in the life of’ story of Holly O’Farrell, apprentice at Clyde & Co, who writes that her apprenticeship ‘completely changed the trajectory of my life’.
Tuesday 15 March
Tuesday sees the launch at the City Law School of the solicitor apprenticeship programmewhich we are offering jointly with City University London.
We shall also publish the ‘day in the life of’ story of Ben Ingham from Oldham Borough Council who describes an apprenticeship as the perfect fit for him, and of Ben Bennett-Williams of Clyde & Co who sees the apprenticeship as a stepping stone to fulfilling his ambition to become a Chartered Legal Executive.
Wednesday 16 March
On Wednesday we look forward to meeting prospective apprentices at the Knutsford Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. We’ll be joined there by a representative from our clients at the BBC’s legal team, whose September vacancies for their next intake of apprentices open for applications during National Apprenticeship Week.
Katy Brown has told us that her legal apprenticeship with HMRC is everything she wanted it to be and more and we’ll be sharing her full ‘day in the life of’ article, along with the views of legal administration apprentice Gretchen Curtis-Wheeler, who recognises the invaluable benefit on-the-job mentoring can offer.
Thursday 17 March
Thursday sees us on the south coast for our client Bond Dickinson’s open evening in Plymouth to raise awareness of its apprenticeship scheme. The firm is currently recruiting for its third cohort of apprentices.
We’ll share how Sophie Fullerton found that an apprenticeship was an ideal way to stay at home and get hands-on experience in the workplace and how she sees the apprenticeship as fulfilling her dream. Abbi Lavill, at Gowling WLG, on the other hand, has found her apprenticeship is giving her the independence she wanted. Like all our apprentices, Sheena Begum writes about how her apprenticeship is opening doors and giving her the ambition to go further with her career and studies.
Friday 18 March
At the end of a week of events to promoting apprenticeships, we hope to be answering queries about, and reviewing applications for, the wonderful opportunities available with our client organisations.
The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 is “an apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, and we’ll give the last word to Zachary Coleman of Bradley Saul who sees his apprenticeship as a way to gain vital legal and business skills which will give him a head-start no matter where his career takes him.