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Apprenticeships LIVE Forbes Solicitors
Forbes Solicitors Apprenticeships LIVE
Want to know more about the exciting Forbes Solicitors apprenticeships?
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This live event focused on the apprenticeship programme at Forbes Solicitors. The live broadcast featured some apprentices and a recruiter who shared their stories and provided advice on the application process.
The live chat is open now next to the video player so feel free to leave us a question or comment and we’ll get it forwarded to the team from Forbes Solicitors
Broadcast length 40 minutes
About Forbes Solicitors
Forbes Solicitors is a Partnership with nine offices across the North of England, 360 employees, 44 Partners and is the largest legal practice in the North West outside the major cities. We offer a full range of legal services to both individuals and commercial clients.
The firm has a reputation for its commitment to client care and quality. We hold ISO9001 Quality Certification and are recommended in both the Legal 500 clients’ guide to the legal profession and also the Chambers directory.
We are also committed to the development of our staff at all levels and have Investors in People status.
Our aim is to keep things as straightforward as possible whilst ensuring the needs of our clients are put first.
When I left school, I attended at College to undertake a BTEC in Sports Science and although I loved sport, I decided College wasn’t for me and I’d keep sport as more of a hobby. I wanted to be hands on, working and gaining qualifications and experience. The whole ‘earn whilst you learn’ approach really appealed to me. However, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do! Through my local careers office, I applied for the role of Office Assistant at Forbes Solicitors in one of the Blackburn offices.
I worked as an Office Assistant and completed a Level II NVQ in Business Administration. I progressed through the firm into various roles within the Crime Department – Trainee Secretary, Secretary, Legal Clerk and Crown Court Caseworker / Accredited Police Station representative. I did this gaining qualifications along the way; Forbes Ilex for Secretaries and Cardiff University’s Police Station Accreditation. All qualifications supported by Forbes.
After working in the Crime Department for over 10 years, I decided I wanted to explore other areas. I therefore moved into Human Resources and completed CIPD qualifications at Level 3 and 5 in Human Resource Management, both supported and sponsored by Forbes. I have been working in HR for over 4 years now and hold the role of Firm-wide HR Advisor with the Firm. As part of my role, I am involved with recruitment, and in particular recruitment of apprentices. I am also an Employer Ambassador for the Lancashire Apprenticeship Ambassador Network so regularly attend local careers events promoting apprenticeships.
To say I didn’t know what I wanted to do when leaving college, I am really glad that I decided to undertake an apprenticeship and would therefore encourage students to explore an apprenticeship as an option when looking at their next steps.
Level III Legal Apprentice, Forbes Solicitors
I first started Forbes straight after finishing my A – Level exams, and whilst knowing I didn’t want to go to University, I saw Forbes as a well-known reputable firm with room for progression. I attended a careers event and saw the apprenticeships advertised.
I started my apprenticeship journey as an office assistant in the Family Department at the Blackburn office. At the same time as working, I also undertook my level II apprenticeship in Business Administration. At the end of this apprenticeship level I moved to the Chorley office to be an Admin Assistant in the Housing and Regeneration (litigation) Department as this gave me more responsibility and was the next step up.
In September 2018 I became a Trainee Paralegal. With this role I am also undertaking the CILEX level III paralegal apprenticeship which is a great opportunity and I am really enjoying it. This apprenticeship enables me to learn new concepts which I find interesting as I did not do any law subjects at GCSE or A – Level, so it really gives me the basic knowledge I can build on whilst working in the law environment. It involves watching online webinars/ live workshops once a week alongside gathering coursework for mid-point assessments working with my assessor. I have just recently sat my first exam in relation to introduction to law and practice and I will shortly be staring my next
module on Contract Law.
As I did not know what I wanted to do when I left sixth form, I am so happy I chose to come to Forbes. It has opened up so many amazing opportunities that I had never thought about before and the apprenticeships Forbes offer are excellent.
Graduate Apprentice of Business Administration Level II, Forbes Solicitors
I left school and went onto college to study A Levels in Law, Business and Sociology. However, I decided that college was not for me and joined Forbes Solicitors to become an Office Assistant based in Preston. I always had a passion to study law and work in a legal background.
I am really enjoying my time at Forbes and also the training that they have provided to me whilst I have been completing my Business Administration Apprenticeship. I have also gained touch-typing qualifications and completed a legal text processing course which has helped me to move up in the firm.
Since completing the apprenticeship, I have moved on to become a Trainee Paralegal in the Crime department at Preston. This has helped boost my confidence and adapt into my new role. I did not think that I would be in a role like this at such an early stage in my career, however I am now keen to pursue a career in Criminal Law. I hope to gain a Police Station Accreditation and one day become a qualified practicing lawyer.
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