Congratulations to Leanne Wainwright who has completed her Intermediate Legal Administration Apprenticeship and has progressed to her Advanced Legal Administration Apprenticeship at Ashurst.
My apprenticeship course, job role and my work/life balance
My course was the Intermediate Legal Administration Apprenticeship and I was employed as a Team Assistant within the Corporate Project department at Ashurst. I was a nanny in my previous employment, with five years (training and working) within the childcare industry and I felt I needed a change and a new challenge.
Being offered an apprenticeship gave me a better outlook of my future career prospects as my apprenticeship gave me the confidence and enabled me to pursue a new role in a different industry. I feel my work/life balance has greatly improved as I can study whilst I work within a fantastic company. Having become a strong member of my department, I feel accepted, supported and welcomed which I feel has improved my quality of life. I have now moved on to become a Trainee Legal Executive in my department and I shall be starting my Advanced Legal Administration Apprenticeship at the middle/end of July 2017.
What I have learnt
I have learnt how to communicate effectively in order to support my department when completing tasks with deadlines. In addition, I have also learnt how to be adaptable within my role to support my team with their requirements; this has involved attending a variety of in-house training programmes to help increase my understanding and development. My Legal Administration apprenticeship worked wonderfully alongside my new role as it gave me the basic office administration skills I needed in order to complete tasks, as well as the confidence to push myself to achieve high standard results in my assignment units, which included Contract Law and Working in the Legal Environment – all of which I found incredibly interesting.
How I managed my studies
I was very lucky in my department as my Team Leader was very understanding about my needs as an apprentice. My first meeting with my Team Leader and trainer enabled us to allocate specific times during the week in which I was able to go to the library to study uninterrupted. There were times where the specific time slot had to be rearranged due to the department being very busy but my Team Leader always ensured that I did have that time later in the week. I studied alongside four other apprentices completing the same course and this gave me the support and encouragement to push myself.
What the relationship with my trainer was like
I saw my trainer once a month which involved having 1-2-1 reviews about my performance for the previous month, which led to us setting targets for the following months. During our reviews, we would discuss my coursework as well as my exam and assignment results. Although I only saw my assessor once a month, I was always able to email her if I had any queries about either my apprenticeship course or my job role. My trainer encouraged me to believe in my abilities and prepared me for every assignment or exam I had coming up. Although I was worried that I would not pass, I passed with an overall Distinction.