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Published 4 March 2014
Two apprentices at international law firm DAC Beachcroft have used Twitter to give an insight into their working day in a bid to encourage more students to consider the apprenticeship route into a career in law and finance.
The duo launched their Twitter diaries on the first day of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2014, 3–7 March).
Sam White, 21, from Bristol, works as a Legal Apprentice in DAC Beachcroft's Newport office. Commenting on his career so far, he said: "I joined the firm in September 2013. After completing two years at college I was unsure if I wanted to go to university, so an apprenticeship was a fantastic alternative.
"Since working at DAC Beachcroft, I have received excellent training, which has gradually introduced me to working in a legal environment. I would definitely recommend the legal apprenticeship route to anyone considering a legal career."
Victoria Rice, 19, from Ascot, who works in the firm's Bristol office, said: "I joined the firm in September 2012 as a Finance Apprentice after deciding university wasn't for me. I wanted to begin my career in Business and Finance but still have the opportunity to study for a professional qualification. I quickly adjusted to working full-time while attending college and am now looking forward to furthering my career in my chosen industry."
DAC Beachcroft employs seven apprentices, six in Bristol and one in Newport, and is currently looking for two further apprentices in its Real Estate team. Recruitment is being handled in-house with the assistance of Vision Apprentices while knowledge and skills training will be delivered by CILEx Law School.
Therese Tyson, Diversity and Learning Manager at DAC Beachcroft, said: “We're delighted to support NAW 2014. The theme is 'Great businesses are made by apprentices and apprenticeships lead to great prospects.' Here at DAC Beachcroft, we couldn’t agree more.
"This time last year we were just taking the initial steps towards recruiting our first legal apprentices and now they are six months into their training. We've been extremely pleased with their progress, how they have fitted into the organisation and the value they are adding to our business."
Twitter diaries – 3 March – #NAW2014, #247apprentice.
Tweets were sent via @DACBeachcroft and retweeted via @healthlawuk.