A Kettering-based company has expanded its apprenticeship programme, taking on school leavers in apprentice roles for the first time.
NAHL Group launched its first apprenticeships last year, originally offering opportunities to existing team members in its Personal Injury division – made up of National Accident Helpline and law firm National Accident Law, both based in Kettering Venture Park.
And it has just taken on its first apprentices straight from the classroom, with new starters Faye Wright and Becky Harvey joining National Accident Law as Paralegal apprentices.
Faye, 19, said: “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.”
Becky, 18, said: “People associate the law with courtrooms and people in robes and wigs, but law careers are not always like that. We’re working with different teams who handle the various stages of a claim – preparation, settlement and litigation – and I’m enjoying developing my knowledge in an office environment.”
Other apprentices at National Accident Helpline and National Accident Law are now one year into apprenticeship programmes which will help them develop on a range of career paths, including Paralegal, Business Administration and Customer Service.
Samantha Warner, Learning and Development Manager at NAHL Group, said: “We launched our first apprenticeships last year to offer new opportunities to existing members of our team, and that has been really successful.
“Our apprentices continue to learn new skills and develop confidence which they are able to call upon in their jobs every day, and it’s been great to watch them learn and grow in their roles.
“Extending the apprenticeship programme to people joining our team was the logical next step, and we’re looking forward to continuing to nurture the careers of our apprentices over the year ahead.”