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Apprentices’ legal Win

Apprentices’ legal Win

Teenagers working at law firm Burnetts are encouraging other young people to consider apprenticeships as an alternative to traditional post-16 education.

Teenagers working at law firm Burnetts are encouraging other young people to consider apprenticeships as an alternative to traditional post-16 education.

l-r Ben Hoban, Laura Thompson, Hannah Butterworth

For one young worker, apprenticeship has been a route to permanent employment: Laura Thompson began her apprenticeship at Burnetts in September 2012, during which she completed an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration via RWP Training in Carlisle.

Laura, a former pupil at Trinity School, said, ”Apprenticeships are a good option if you don’t feel Uni is for you. I had never worked in an office before so the apprenticeship prepared me for going into work. I was able to earn money, get experience and study at the same time. As well as my day job, I was also able to be involved in a range of activities like the Cumberland Show.”

At the end of her apprenticeship, Laura had so impressed Burnetts that she was offered a full time, permanent role as a secretary within the debt recovery team.

As Laura moved on, two new apprentices joined the firm:  Hannah Butterworth (17) is the firm’s Practice Support Assistant who, like Laura, is studying towards an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration with RWP Training. Ben Hoban (17) is working as an IT technician whilst studying for a Level 3 BTEC Diploma  in IT and a BTEC Diploma in Professional Competence with System IT.

Ben said, “I do three days a week here and two days at System. It’s really interesting and for me, it’s better to get hands-on experience of solving problems, rather than it being all theory-based. It is a shame that there are not more companies who want to take on apprentices.”

Hannah added, “Burnetts have been really helpful with me. My manager Julie Waning has helped me to build up my evidence portfolio and has been really supportive. You do feel that you can ask anything. It’s a much more relaxed way of learning.”

Burnetts’ Managing Partner (Operations) Tom Leach said, “Laura, Ben and Hannah are a great asset to Burnetts: all three are hard-working, enthusiastic, keen to learn and all are doing important jobs within the organisation.  A large part of the success of the apprenticeships for us has been the providers - System IT and RWP Training have both provided us with exceptional candidates and excellent support. I would definitely recommend that any employer investigate how apprentices could help their business.

Ben previously attended Richard Rose Central Academy and Hannah attended Caldew School. All three live in Carlisle and work at Burnetts’ Victoria Place office.

3rd March 2014

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Published: Wednesday 5th March 2014
Categorised: Practice News

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