Whether you’ve only got a few more terms left at school or perhaps you’re graduating university in a couple of years, it’s never too early to start thinking about your future. The personal injury specialists, NAHL group have launched an apprenticeship scheme in the past two years.
The new scheme offers opportunities to students wanting to go from the classroom to the legal sector through apprenticeships. For university students National Accident Helpline offers their Future Legal Mind award. The winner of this prestigious award receives a £2,000 prize fund, as well as a mentoring session with, and ongoing support from National Accident’s experienced in-house lawyers.
Apprenticeship schemes combine on-the-job training with studies. As an apprentice you’ll become an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay. Whilst on the job, you’ll get to work alongside experienced staff, and gain invaluable experience in job-specific skills. Don’t worry, as an apprentice you’ll also get time for training and study related to your role, and there are plenty of people on hand to help with your studies to ensure you complete your apprenticeship.
The NAHL Group Apprenticeship was launched last year and looks to offer students the opportunity to work within the group, but it’s not just the legal sector of National Accident Law on offer. The apprenticeship is split into three areas, including customer service schemes with Futures for Business, paralegal schemes, and business administration schemes, both with CILEx Law School. The apprenticeship scheme also utilises a range of technological aspects to develop and support the student’s skills, such as podcasts and webinars.
Samantha Warner, NAHL Group’s Learning and Development Manager, said: “We pride ourselves on being different to other legal sector businesses by placing the same high level of importance on customer care as we do on legal expertise, and our apprenticeship schemes will only strengthen that offering further.”
Faye, who’s 19, joined the apprenticeship scheme last year, has this to say about the apprenticeship: “The idea of learning a job while doing it every day appealed to me, so when I saw this role, I thought it was ideal. We will be learning about a broad range of law, both civil and criminal, and a lot of the learnings can be applied in our day jobs….I wanted to start a law career because I found it really interesting and because law is in all parts of everyday life, without you necessarily realising it.”
The Future Legal Mind Award searches for the most promising legal talent. Now in it’s seventh year, the competition is run annually by National Accident Helpline to find the UK’s brightest legal prospect. The competition is open to law students and legal trainees who are within their first two years of their career.
Jonathan White, Legal Director of National Accident Helpline, said: “Running this competition shows us, year after year, that there are so many talented people across the UK pursuing careers in law, which is great news for the sector….We’re always pleased and proud to see our past winners and finalists going on to make their mark in different areas of the law – and we look forward to finding this year’s most talented and promising lawyer-to-be.”
To enter Future Legal Mind 2021, students and trainees are invited to write an essay response to the question from Future Legal Mind.