Rhianne Nurse has been with Langleys since September 2018, working as an apprentice in the Risk and Compliance Department. As part of the team, Rhianne is involved in the vital work the team does to ensure that the stringent standards required of a solicitor’s firm are maintained.
Day to day, with supervision from her mentors, she is involved in legal reviews with senior managers and compliance audits where the firm’s divisions are checked to make sure that cases are being handled to the highest standards.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we asked Rhianne to share her experience
Why did you decide to go down the apprenticeship route?
I was studying level 3 business studies at a local college and, although the course was interesting, I really wanted to get into the workplace and start to gain practical skills. I find that my style of learning is much better suited to this kind of environment where I can see the real world application of what I’m studying.
What made you sign up for an apprenticeship at Langleys specifically?
I had researched opportunities through the government website and I saw the Langleys’ opportunity in partnership with Cilex. The apprenticeship offered all the practical experience I was looking for, in a professional office environment, as well as paving the way for potential career opportunities at the firm. The apprenticeship is set up with units, an online portfolio and an end point presentation so I have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate what I’m learning as I go along.
What have been some challenges you’ve found?
As this was my first office based job, a lot of the learning curve was getting used to the professional setting and learning how the firm operates. I was also completely new to the legal profession so there was a lot of technical language that was new to me.
How have you found Langleys and your team during your time with us?
The team is great. I always feel able to ask questions and I feel supported in both my work and my studies. The firm is friendly and it’s really boosted my confidence working in an office environment.
What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?
Do it, definitely. If you find that the classroom isn’t really for you and you want to get hands on practical experience, an apprenticeship is a brilliant route.