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Apprentices at full service law firm Lester Aldridge are celebrating National Apprenticeship week, which runs from 4th-8th March 2019.

The firm currently employs five apprentices across a variety of business support and fee earning teams. Current apprenticeships include Business Administration and Accounting.

Benefits of an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships offer people the opportunity of gaining a qualification through on-the-job training, which offer a range of benefits for both the employee and the employer.

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to:

  • Work with experienced staff as a valued team member;
  • Develop job-specific skills;
  • Earn a wage and receive the benefits of being an employee such as holiday pay;
  • Be given time to study alongside their job – most apprentices attend college one day a week;
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Stats released by the Government reveal that over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training.

Apprentice feedback

Shannon Freeman, who is based within the Compliance team at Lester Aldridge, said: “So far in my apprenticeship I have enjoyed the hands on experience that sixth form wouldn’t have given me and feel like it has given me more confidence. I have also enjoyed working as part of a team and meeting new people.”

Meghan Franklin, who recently started her apprenticeship with the Real Estate team based in Bournemouth, said: “I have really settled in well at LA and I am so grateful for the team around me who have made me feel so welcome. I’m really enjoying getting stuck in and being more practical. It’s an amazing experience and I really enjoying working in the real estate department and learning new things every day.”

Current apprenticeships available at Lester Aldridge

Lester Aldridge is currently looking for an Apprentice Administrative Assistant to join their busy Real Estate team based at the Southampton office. The apprentice will provide a full range of admin support services to the team and assist with general administrative duties. For more information or to apply for the role, please visit the City College Southampton website or email

Find out more

To find out more information about apprenticeships, please go to the Apprenticeship web page, speak to your careers advisor or approach your local college. Lester Aldridge currently works with Bournemouth & Poole College and City College Southampton.

Left to right: Isabella Page, Meghan Franklin, Katherine Watson-Rees & Shannon Freeman.