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Recognising the importance of apprenticeships

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, giving us chance to recognise the importance of apprenticeships and celebrate our apprentices at Napthens (Amy Wright, Amy Davies and Cheryl Hood).

At Napthens we have two apprenticeship programmes running, one with UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) for solicitors and one with CILEX focused on paralegals.

Amy Wright is currently studying the solicitor apprenticeship, a five-year course which is enabling her to get a law degree and take her SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Exams), whilst working full time and supported by experienced colleagues.

Amy Davies and Cheryl Hood are studying the paralegal apprenticeship, to enhance their knowledge in their roles as legal assistants, by providing practical skills and guidance within their field.

Nicola Mason, head of people and operations at Napthens, said: “Apprenticeships are an invaluable pathway to help people forge a career and we are delighted to be able to support Amy, Cheryl and Amy in their chosen routes.

“These new paths to qualification have been introduced to increase accessibility in joining the legal profession, which is great to see.

“As a leading north west firm, we are continuing to explore the variety of opportunities that we can provide and will endeavour to expand our apprenticeships further in the near future.”

Amy Wright, said: “This route is preparing me for a career post qualifying, because I get the opportunity to not only apply the skills and knowledge that I’m learning in the classroom but gain invaluable knowledge from the professionals surrounding me.

“I look forward to seeing the apprenticeship scheme in Napthens grow and provide the same opportunity that I have, and one that I’m thoroughly enjoying.”

For anyone wishing to find out further information on apprenticeships or other qualifications, please speak to the people team.