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Horwich Farrelly apprentices reveal why they chose an apprenticeship over university

According to a recent survey by Mumsnet to mark National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020, more than 60% of parents said they were concerned that their child would be “stuck making the tea”, If they were to choose an apprenticeship.

In addition, almost half of those surveyed said they didn’t feel that apprenticeships were valued as highly as a degree by employers.

With a proven track record of nurturing young talent at Horwich Farrelly, and a major supporter of apprenticeships since 2013, we firmly believe that work-based schemes offer a solid foundation for a long and rewarding career.

That’s why today, on day three of NAW 2020, we spoke to two colleagues at Horwich Farrelly who have recently embarked on an apprenticeship with the firm, about their own experiences.

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Charlotte Wray, level 3 paralegal believes her apprenticeship gives her bigger opportunities

Charlotte joined the firm straight after she had finished college and is currently on a level 3 paralegal course.

“After joining Horwich Farrelly last August I have gone from strength to strength. I am completing a two year apprenticeship and hopefully staying on to complete the level 7 and become a fully qualified solicitor.

“I did apply for university but I loved the idea of apprenticeships as it’s great being surrounded by professional people that I can learn from, something I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do if I had chosen to study full-time.

“For me no two days are the same, there is always something new that I am tasked with completing. That’s definitely my favourite part of my job as it means I never stop learning.”

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Joe Swinnerton, hopes to become a fully qualified solicitor in 2025

Joe joined the firm in August 2019, he is a level 3 paralegal apprentice working within the Fraud team.

“I had several jobs before joining Horwich Farrelly but this was my first within the legal sector. With more than 500 people based in the Manchester office, it’s so different working in such a fast-paced environment. My team are really supportive, and they always tell me that there is no such thing as a stupid question.

“One of the best things about my apprenticeship is learning whilst earning. Just like university I still study for several hours a week, I still have exams to sit, but I am doing all this without getting into any debt. An apprenticeship was definitely the best option for me.

“On a day to day basis I handle cases, liaise with clients and help my team with any work, often within a tight deadline. After completing my level 3 I’d like to focus on qualifying as a solicitor, all being well by August 2025.

“I might be an apprentice but I’m treated just the same as any other employee, although of course that does mean brewing up for the team from time to time!”

To explore our current apprenticeship opportunities please click here.

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