Nick Walker is undertaking the advanced apprenticeship in legal services and has recently completed the client care unit towards his CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Civil Litigation. He is now working towards the CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services.
Nick started out as a business administration apprentice in an office assistant role and has been recently promoted to Case Handler. He is an ambassador for apprenticeships having started at TLT at the young age of 16. It is very clear that his experience and apprenticeship are setting him on track for a great career in law.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I decided to enrol on an apprenticeship straight from school after reading a news article on the government’s announcement of more funding for employers and more equal opportunities for apprentices. Family members and friends recommended TLT to me - some of whom had previously worked for the firm, and all recognised the firm’s reputation within the legal industry.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
I work with a number of banks, building societies and lenders on non-standard property repossessions and support when there are unusual circumstances in the litigation process. Alongside the day-to-day handling of these cases, I issue proceedings to the court for possession of property, prepare witness statements and run monthly internal reporting in order to ensure the work we do for our client is of a high standard.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
I have enjoyed the opportunity to gain real experience within a professional working environment. There can be misconceptions that apprentices are treated differently to other employees but I have been given opportunities to progress within TLT alongside my apprenticeship, which has helped me in both my job and my studies. This has made my experience consistently enjoyable and rewarding.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
A personal highlight of my apprenticeship so far has been progressing to a Case Handler role. Both TLT and Damar have been supportive in this, and the encouragement I’ve received has helped me become the youngest Case Handler TLT has ever had. Although I am still relatively new to the role, I am looking forward to seizing the opportunities this job role offers. Hopefully, there are several more highlights of my apprenticeship yet to come.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
I would suggest that any school leaver seriously considers an apprenticeship. It’s not for everyone, but if working and learning is of interest to you then an apprenticeship is definitely a viable career option. The government is investing deeply in apprenticeship schemes, and employers are happy to give the right people the opportunities and the experience needed to gain a head start in a working environment. I would strongly advise any school leaver to weigh up their options, assess what they want at the end of their study career, and look at whether an apprenticeship could be right for them.
TLT recognises and rewards the great work of apprentices like Nick:
“Our apprentices receive extensive in-house training as well as tailored assessment and training from Damar. They complete an intermediate apprenticeship in legal administration giving them the legal and administrative skills required to put their knowledge into practice. The apprenticeship route is ideal for talented and ambitious individuals who may have decided not to go to university because of the cost or who simply prefer the idea of vocational learning”.
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