National Apprenticeship Week 2020: showcasing our apprentices and the apprenticeship opportunity

CILEx Law School (CLS), in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and CILEx Regulation, celebrated National Apprenticeship Week last week (February 3 – 9 2020). This year’s theme, ‘Look Beyond’, focused on the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring both inside and outside the workplace.

An overwhelmingly positive experience

In the lead up to the event, we got in touch with our apprentices and asked them to share their views and experiences. We received a fantastic response, with 96% reporting that they would recommend doing an apprenticeship to others.

Four themes stood out from their testimonials: having the chance to grow as an individual, being exposed to new experiences and opportunities, benefitting from support at every stage and the confidence

and knowledge that can be gained from doing an apprenticeship. Read the highlights of what they told us.

Last week we also celebrated the first Chartered Legal Executive to qualify through the new apprenticeship standard. In addition, we conducted a series of more in-depth interviews with several CLS apprentices to get a better picture of what an apprenticeship is really like.

Engaging with prospective apprentices

We, in collaboration with CILEx, had a busy week promoting apprenticeships on and offline. On Monday we were at the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair talking about the benefits of legal apprenticeship to some of the 6,000 attendees.

Tuesday saw us host live events across social media with guest apprentice Emma, a Paralegal apprentice at National Accident Law, answering questions about her experience and providing tips to those considering an apprenticeship. CLS was on hand to bring a provider’s perspective. The broadcast is available on Facebook.

Our team attended a HM Land Registry lunch celebrating the success of their apprentice on Wednesday and several local school events on Thursday. Finally, on Friday CILEx co-hosted a Career in Law event for six formers from several London-based colleges and schools at the Home Office.

Being inspired and inspiring others

This National Apprenticeship Week has shown, yet again, not only why apprenticeships are a great alternative route into training and employment but also how truly inspirational and valuable each apprentice’s journey is to them, their employer and the wider community.

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