Here at Equilaw we offer Business Apprenticeships to candidates from the age of 16 onwards. We offer each apprentice a wide range of experience in all areas of our business, from IT, accounts to front of house and ‘behind the scenes’ where our transactional teams work. We provide a fantastic opportunity to not only gain experience from an award winning law firm, but also to gain important skills working within and for a professional Company.

We launched our apprenticeship programme in October 2017 with three Business Apprentices who are well on their way to successfully completing their qualification. In fact, they have all now accepted full time permanent positions within the Company due to their hard work and positive attitude.

Please read Holly, Joe and Liam’s case studies on how the apprenticeship has worked for them and why they enjoy working here at Equilaw.

We are hoping our new apprentice programme for 2018-2019 will mirror the success of the first year!

Apprenticeship Case Studies

Name: Joe Sysum
Date: 22/08/2018
Person Completing: Sam Yates

How have you found your apprenticeship so far?

I have found it alright, it’s a good way to learn in an office environment to see how things work and what to do. There are a few jobs you don’t like doing, for example post, but doing jobs you don’t like is a good way to learn and accept that it’s part of the job and has to be done. There are nice people who work here and you gain experience in a law firm.

What skills/knowledge do you think you have gained?

Definitely phone skills – I’ve not done much of it previously and it brings you along as a person. It’s built my confidence as it is quite an important job.

I’ve gained social and communication skills as you work with people all the time and have to learn how to work together.

I’ve also gained knowledge in the legal side of things and learning property law. Personal skills such as managing work, dealing with clients/advisors and you get to work with people better.

What do you think about Equilaw as a company?

They have been really good to me, they gave me a job.

They are dedicated to progressing as a company, dealing with the good and bad things and making changes due to progression.

What are the best reasons for working at Equilaw?

Mainly it is progression – there is always good opportunities to go up and that is what drew me towards the job. It’s not the biggest firm, which isn’t a bad thing, because it means you get the chance to know people. Management get to know you as well and you always see them around. In bigger firms there may be an executive who you never see and they wouldn’t know who you are.

Good team environment as you are working 1-1 with people. You get to build workplace relationships and feel you belong.

Would you recommend completing an apprenticeship at Equilaw to other people?

Yes I would.


 

Name: Holly Timbrell
Date: 23/08/2018
Person Completing: Sam Yates

How have you found your apprenticeship so far?

The qualification is good as it work wells with the firm and links into what you’re learning and the job you are doing. Units such as Communication in Business is good as if you are coming straight from school to a business you learn the right way from the start, rather than picking up on someone’s bad habits. Also the NVQ Level 3 is a good qualification to have.

What skills/knowledge do you think you have gained?

I’m definitely more confident, when I first joined I wouldn’t pick up the phone at all but now I will without thinking about it. I’ve gained more social skills as I’ve always been quiet but have come out of my shell. I’ve learnt a lot about accounts and reception work.

What do you think about Equilaw as a company?

Really good fun. When I first started I didn’t understand what they did but now I have learnt and understand people’s jobs and how important the work is. I also learnt quite quickly that it is everyone’s responsibility to get a job right as mistakes could cause serious problems for the firm.

What are the best reasons for working at Equilaw?

It is a friendly firm and in a good location. I think if you are interested in law then this is a good place to start your career. I believe starting in accounts was a good way to start. It’s not too big a company so you get to know everyone and I feel like a small cog that fits into a bigger cog.

As the apprenticeship offers to go round the whole firm it is an opportunity to try different things and skills in a variety of areas. You can decide later on what you want to do. The coursework also links well into the aspect of the job you are doing.

Would you recommend completing an apprenticeship at Equilaw to other people?

Yes


 

Name: Liam Clements
Date: 22/08/2018
Person Completing: Sam Yates

How have you found your apprenticeship so far?

Pretty good, have enjoyed going around the company and working in the different areas. The rotation keeps its fresh so you are not in one place.

What skills/knowledge do you think you have gained?

My phone manner – before I wouldn’t touch or pick up a phone unless it was someone I knew. I think I have built confidence especially with meeting new clients.

What do you think about Equilaw as a company?

I think Equilaw are flexible (not just me personally but for the whole team) and they make changed when needed. I like the fact that there are internal vacancies and opportunities within the company. You don’t have to leave the area of work you are in but build up or you can change your role completely.

There is a team building booked and different charity events happening which keep people engaged.

What are the best reasons for working at Equilaw?

The openness with staff. It doesn’t matter whether you have problems inside or out of work there is someone around who can help. Team leaders are always there to help when you are struggling and it’s nice to know they are available. I like the fact that support is there and I know it is.

Would you recommend completing an apprenticeship at Equilaw to other people?

Yes – I have enjoyed it and wouldn’t see why others would not.