I first started off as an admin apprentice, assisting the Manchester office as a whole, when the opportunity to progress onto the solicitors apprenticeship was offered to me. As it was the first time anyone from Ward Hadaway had tried the solicitor apprenticeship it felt like stepping into the unknown. However, I saw it as a great opportunity to progress my career, learn and develop my knowledge while working within the Manchester office and Ward Hadaway have been great in supporting me along the way.
In my opinion the apprenticeship is a great way to implement the knowledge you gain from the academic side of the course to the practical, on the job side, especially when Ward Hadaway are so willing to assist with your progression, that you are given the opportunity to get involved in various transactions spanning from plots sales, affordable housing, drafting of documents and much more. The academic knowledge gained from the course, coupled with the practical, on the job, learning is a perfect way to learn and gives what I think a wider insight for what it takes to become a lawyer.
I would recommend anyone thinking of becoming a lawyer first takes a look at the variety of benefits the solicitors apprenticeship has to offer over the more ‘traditional route’.