Emma Farrow

Emma Farrow, 18, is a Legal Apprentice with Brethertons LLP in Banbury and is currently working towards a CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) Level 3 Civil Litigation Apprenticeship in her role as a Defended Litigation Administration Assistant. Emma completed A Levels in English Literature, History, Psychology and Maths with two As, a B and a C at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury before starting her Apprenticeship in June 2015.

Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?

I have always been fascinated by Law as it affects everything we do. I knew that I wanted to be part of that! I applied to study law at university whilst also investigating alternative pathways into a legal career. I am more of a practical than theoretical learner and so didn’t really enjoy the research side of my A Levels. My Dad suggested that an Apprenticeship might suit my learning style better than a university degree and might be the best route for me.

How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?

I went to the North Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Fair at my former school in March 2015, where I visited the Brethertons stand. I had the opportunity to talk to Legal Apprentice Edward Arnold and find out all about Brethertons’ Apprenticeship scheme from HR Partner Deborah Atkins. I decided to apply for the Apprenticeship and joined the firm 3 months later.

What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?

It’s great! I’m really enjoying it. In my job, I do the same things as everyone else and I don’t get treated any differently because I’m an Apprentice.

I have gained new experiences such as working in an office environment. I’ve been able to establish business relationships with colleagues and external contacts from a range of levels in the business. I have improved my skills in independent learning by managing my own workload and time. I have also improved my confidence at speaking in public and on the phone.

What do you plan to do next?

I am really keen to progress my career in Law.

How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?

I will be able to build my qualifications through the Legal Apprenticeship scheme. As an Apprentice, I am able to work towards a similar level qualification as if I were attending university.

I find that the off the job learning integrates well with the day job. I have a designated tutor who comes to the office every week to check that everything is going well and I am supported at work by a workplace mentor.

I will also be able to extend my network through the Apprenticeship Ambassador programme.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing an Apprenticeship?

I had doubts about attending university and was excited to see other opportunities open up for me through different routes into the profession such as Apprenticeships. I would advise them not to just go for the conventional route - look at both the Apprenticeship and university routes and don’t rule anything out. Different learning styles suit different people.

An Apprenticeship is not the ‘easy route’, it’s an opportunity to gain new skills and work hard.

What advice would you give an employer who is considering employing an Apprentice?

It is important to maintain and manage a good relationship with your training provider to support the training of the Apprentice and ensure that appropriate experience is being offered.

Apprentices can make a real difference to the business.

A bit from Brethertons….

Our Apprenticeship programme serves to nurture and give real opportunities aligned to our firm’s ethos, culture and strategies – in Management, Business Administration & Law. Apprentices are able to “learn as they work” and embark upon a progressive and rewarding career track.

We add value to our business and offer diverse career progression through our Apprenticeship scheme. It’s all about effective engagement and succession planning. By growing our own talent from a diverse pool of different backgrounds and potential we are underpinning our future capabilities. We’re effectively supporting business growth and seeing many of our apprentices realise their career prospects.

If you are interested in Brethertons Apprenticeship Scheme please contact Hannah Wright at hannahwright@brethertons.co.uk.