Kennedys launches UK business services apprenticeship

Following the launch of our UK business services apprenticeships for 2019 we spoke to some of our legal apprentices to get a flavour of what being an apprentice at Kennedys is like.

Our award-winning UK legal apprenticeship programme has welcomed 44 apprentices across our UK offices since it was launched in 2012. This programme sees us actively recruit from schools and colleges and welcome people to the firm from the age of 18.

To help paint a picture of what an apprenticeship with Kennedys looks like, we turned to ten of our legal apprentices from our Birmingham, Chelmsford, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Taunton offices to canvas their views.

“The thing I like most about being an apprentice at Kennedys is that I am treated the same as other colleagues in my team, and not labelled ‘an apprentice’, I get relevant work to do that is valuable to my team, with all the support that I need to be successful”, says Amy Childs, who is based in our Taunton office.

The thing I like most about being an apprentice at Kennedys is that I am treated the same as other colleagues in my team, and not labelled ‘an apprentice’

Amy Childs - Legal Apprentice

This view was one that was shared by Jordan Cox in our London office, who says: “I like that I am treated like every other employee, and people go out of their way to make sure that I have a variety of work and exposure to a number of different things.”

Being supportive is one of the core values at the heart of the Firm’s culture and this became a prominent theme when asking our legal apprentices what they liked most about being an apprentice at Kennedys.

“I enjoy working within my team, as all members are very friendly and help me with any questions I may have. I also like being treated as a member of the team and taking part in work such as drafting letters and emails, and instructing experts,” says London-based apprentice Sydney Copley.

Both Harry Roberts and Paddy Partridge, of our Birmingham and Manchester offices respectively, have had similar experiences to Sydney. Harry comments: “I enjoy the fact I am engaged at all times with a variety of work…not only that but the atmosphere of the office itself aid in making it a great place to work.”

“I like the professional nature of my job and how friendly and understanding the partners and my team are. I also like earning whilst I’m learning!” adds Paddy.

We asked our legal apprentices to sum up their apprenticeship experience at Kennedys in three words and the most commonly used were:

  • Exciting
  • Engaging
  • Supportive

At Kennedys we’re here to make a difference for our clients, and each other, every day. We empower our people to deliver the very best work and reach their full potential.

This is something that is reflected by our legal apprentices, who spoke about the way in which the apprenticeship has helped their professional and personal development.

Georgia Betts, Abby Cockrell and Jack Fifield, who are all based in our Chelmsford office, shared their thoughts.

“I learn new things every day and Kennedys is providing me with strong core skills that will assist me with my future career,” says Georgia. “The thing I most like about being an apprentice at Kennedys is the experience I have gained from this. I have learnt so much and it has been a very rewarding experience,” adds Abby.

The thing I like most is the fact I am able to work alongside experienced professionals who are more than willing to offer advice and mentor me. I am also given important and high quality work and a large amount of responsibility as well.

Jack Fifield - Legal Apprentice

And proving that the importance of career development built into our programme is felt by our apprentices throughout the UK, both Bronwen Ollerhead and Tegan Johnston in our Sheffield office gave their views.

Bronwen, who featured in our article series ‘An apprentice’s perspective’, says: “I enjoy being able to work with highly skilled colleagues as I learn from them, and feel my working style has developed in a very positive way.”

Tegan adds: “My favourite thing about being an apprentice at Kennedys is the variation in the type of work I do. I’m working on huge cases and they’re all so interesting!”

Our values are at the core of our distinctive culture. This is something that has resonated with our legal apprentices throughout their time at Kennedys and we look forward to welcoming our first cohort of business services apprentices.

The business services apprenticeship will provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of how a business services department operates at Kennedys. Once the initial apprenticeship has been completed, apprentices who would like to continue their learning may have the opportunity to progress onto a higher level apprenticeship or become a permanent member of the team.   

We are currently offering business services apprenticeships in our London and Chelmsford offices. Applications for these close on 8 March 2019.

All of our current vacancies can be found via the Careers section of our website and by clicking here.