What have been the major benefits of employing apprentices?
Employer: Sarah Grant
The major benefit for an employer is the valuable work our apprentices carry out. They are both very well motivated and add to the general well being of the office on lots of levels. It is also personally very satisfying to give young people an opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Apprentices: John Nuttall & Rachel Capener
At the suggestion of our employer, we are both studying toward becoming a lawyer through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. This was a good opportunity to take our career beyond our apprenticeships and further our knowledge of the sector which we work in. Starting our apprenticeships got us our feet in the door at a firm to progress to more than an office junior.
Recently, we were both working on taking a claim to trial. The trial bundle alone consisted of over 40 lever arch files full of documents and correspondence! A lot of hard work went into the process but it was rewarding to attend court and see the action.
However, at the start of our apprenticeships our roles in the firm were quite basic, such as answering the phones, filing and archiving. Now though, we have been given the ability to record our own time for the work we undertake, which ranges from corresponding, billing and reviewing documents, most of which can be charged for. Fee earning is a step up the ladder in our employment and is quite a surprising development from our humble apprentice roots. Hill Dickinson LLP