Find your greatness with an apprenticeship – Meet Jessica Verdicchio

6th March 2018

In our latest “find your greatness with an apprenticeship” series, which celebrates National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018, we hear from Jessica Verdicchio, who is a current Legal Apprentice at Broxbourne Council, talks about her experience as an apprentice with the council, after completing her Law Degree at University.

“In July 2017 I graduated from University with a Law degree. Unfortunately, I was not fortunate in securing a training contract with a law firm and I did not have the funds to put myself through law school to complete the Legal Practice Course.

“Finishing university with no security of a job at the end of it was not only daunting but disheartening. I had worked hard for three years only to have to move back home and do nothing but apply for any job that I could find. Prior to my apprenticeship, I had briefly worked at Tesco during my time at university and had completed some work experience at a Magic Circle law firm in London. My work experience was limited.

“When I saw the advertisement for the Broxbourne Legal Apprentice I immediately applied - not only would I be gaining invaluable legal work experience, I would also be gaining a further qualification in law that would enable me to practice law and I would be working for my local Council. Finding out that I had been given the job was a joyous day; I would finally be able to begin my legal career.

“Thus far, I have enjoyed my apprenticeship as it has enabled me to meet other people, some who work in private practice firms, some who work in local government, like me, and some who work in an in-house legal team for well-known businesses and corporations such as the BBC and HMRC. Together, we have been able to help each other in regards to the work we have to complete and offer advice to one another with certain issues regarding our job. The CILEx apprenticeship incorporates practice units and a unit on client care which are informative and enable me to use at work.

“Before this apprenticeship I never thought I would have been working for a local authority - to be honest I never knew that a local authority had an in-house legal team! I always envisaged myself going down the traditional solicitor route of going to university, completing the LPC and then complete a training contract. However, I am firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I cannot explain how happy I am with the route I am now on and I am very happy working at Broxbourne Council and grateful for all the support that is provided to me. It is thoroughly enjoyable to be able to work in a legal department on live legal files as well as working towards gaining a professional qualification.

“If anyone were to ask me about completing an apprenticeship I would not hesitate to tell them that they should go ahead and do it. I am completing an apprenticeship that I know will help me in my future career, whether that be working for a local government or working in a traditional law firm.”

Nathalie Boateng, Head of Legal Services at Broxbourne Council explained “It can often be difficult to attract lawyers to local government, the Apprenticeship scheme has enabled us to employ talented individuals that we can train and develop to become successful local government lawyers”.

 

Join our Get up and Grow campaign to raise awareness of the importance of apprenticeships to our organisations and economies and to help increase the number and uptake of apprenticeships across the region!

We are committed to helping to support the delivery of apprenticeship training; making sure that the apprenticeship levy money is spent in the most effective way. Working together is the best way to achieve this!

To share your apprenticeship stories get in touch with Emma Moore, Senior HR Advisor at the East of England LGA on emma.moore@eelga.gov.uk / 01284 758326

Find out more about the Get up and Grow campaign at http://www.eelga.gov.uk/employers-services/apprenticeships.aspx 
 

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