National Apprenticeship Week 2022

Friday 11th February 2022

Let’s focus on our very own apprentice, Morgan Martin-Booth

Morgan joined Waldrons in October 2020 and is mentored by Yvonne Green in Non-Contentious based at our Head Office in Merry Hill.  Assisting the Private Client, Litigation, Employment, Commercial Property and Telecoms departments, Morgan would like to develop her career promptly so that she can grow in confidence, experience and knowledge to reach her goal of becoming a Solicitor.

Studying A-Level Law, Business and Sociology when the pandemic hit was a real challenge and during that time of uncertainty, Morgan reviewed her future career options and decided to change her current path in education for a more hands-on approach in the world of work. She began a new journey by starting an apprenticeship at Waldrons, a courageous career move that would assist her to obtain valuable experience and skills, but would also allow her to study in addition to earning whilst she was learning on the job. 

We have asked Morgan a few questions to tell you more about her reasons for taking the path of an apprenticeship

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I have wanted to become a Solicitor for a number of years and I liked the idea of training on the job whilst gaining a qualification and experience without the worry of getting into debt. 

What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?

For me personally, because I didn’t want to go to university but still wanted to pursue a career in law, an apprenticeship meant that I would be able to do this whilst developing my skills, knowledge and experience in everyday real-life legal situations.

Why would you recommend it to others?

Doing an apprenticeship has enabled me to make a head start in my career as well as continue my studies on a part-time basis. I started as an Administration Assistant and I am now being trained to become a Paralegal within Private Clients. Earning whilst learning has contributed to me buying my first car and also helps me save towards my future.

What is a typical day in your working life as an apprentice?

On the whole, the administrative tasks I undertake include assisting Legal Advisors and support staff, speaking to professional contacts, collating bundles, drafting letters and documents, filing, dictation, scanning, and photocopying. This can vary from time to time but by having a flexible approach to the nature and urgency of the work I am able to be resourceful and adapt my skills where needed.

“Waldrons has always employed varying apprentices to include IT, Administration and Paralegal and Legal Executives, but since the pandemic have found that they are more important than ever to build the future of the firm. They fill important roles across our offices and when they have completed their apprenticeships go on to progress through the firm as permanent employees. We feel it is important to give staff the chance to train and grow within the firm.” Esther Withers, HR Manager

Waldrons have recognised Morgan’s hard work, loyalty and commitment to the firm and are supporting Morgan on her journey to pursue a career in law.  Going down the route of an apprenticeship takes away the added pressure of financial strain on parents and the avoidance of the individual getting into debt. Instead, they can focus on their future career advancement and not have money worries, something any parent may welcome too!