- Jada’s story
Jada is an Apprentice Paralegal in the Commercial Property Team.
This is her second apprenticeship as she has already successfully completed her Level 2 course in Legal Administration at Stone King.
“I wanted to further my education but knew I would have to finish my A Levels in order to progress to uni,” says Jada.
“My dad suggested an apprenticeship so I went to an apprenticeship/job fair and spoke to various businesses and found there were legal apprenticeships.
“I had originally been interested in doing law at university and didn’t know there were such things as apprenticeships within the legal field. I thought it was an excellent way to progress into the different legal routes available and allowed me to learn/study on the job, while earning a wage as well.”
- What support did you receive from Stone King?
“Stone King was very supportive of my apprenticeship with Damar Training and gave me the opportunity to progress onto a higher level qualification in order to support my future ambitions,” says Jada. “I think an apprenticeship is a great way to get your foot in the door. “Apprenticeships are becoming more diverse and companies are now offering different types of roles and qualifications which I find exciting for people who may not want to or are perhaps unable to go the traditional further education route. You not only gain a qualification at the end of the apprenticeship, but also gain a wealth of knowledge and work experience which is appealing for employers.
- Jennellia’s story
Jennellia is a Legal Secretary at Stone King LLP.
The former apprentice successfully completed her Level 3 course in Legal Administration and has now been promoted to Legal Secretary in the ERD team.
“I wanted the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience whilst getting my qualification,” explains Jennellia.
“I didn’t just want to be in a classroom or lecture hall Monday to Friday then move into work and still have to gain experience. I wanted to be able to apply what I was learning as I went on.”
- How did you cope with work and study?
“I was given time during the week to study and I also felt comfortable with emailing and asking appropriate fee earners questions about units I was not familiar with,” says Jennellia.
“I was also able to revise and catch up on work if I had an exam and go through things with my supervisor if I was unsure of anything.
“I think it’s a smart route especially with so many more opportunities opening up and a wider range of roles available, it’s a great idea if you want to learn and earn at the same time.
“I didn’t start right out of college or school, so when I did I was at the age where I had responsibilities and things to pay for so an apprenticeship was a great option for me.
“It taught me everything I know about working in a legal environment and being part of a front of house team as well as the importance of staying organised, prioritising and work/life balance.”
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