Successful apprenticeship leads to Trainee PA role at Bird & Bird

17th May 2018

Congratulations to Paige Dunbar who has achieved a place on the Bird & Bird Trainee PA Scheme. Paige was the first student on our pilot Level 3 Legal Administration apprenticeship which has been a great success.

Nancy Elliot, Executive Assistant at Bird & Bird, said; "We felt strongly that it was the right thing to offer an apprenticeship opportunity for an aspiring Legal PA.  From our experience of working with North Kent College on our trainee PA scheme, we were keen to work with their Students who had expressed an interest in becoming an apprentice.  We knew that for it to be successful we would need to work in partnership with the College and I have to say that their support has been invaluable in helping us, as a Firm, ensure we are providing our current apprentice, Paige, with the best possible training, guidance and support.  As to Paige herself, she is an absolute model student, she is committed, diligent and everyone who meets her is impressed when they realise she is an apprentice as she demonstrates confidence, ability and self-assurance.  As a result of this year's experience, we are returning to the college, this time for two apprentices!"

"After completing the CILEx Level 2 Diploma for Legal Secretaries programme at North Kent College, I attended an assessment day at Bird & Bird LLP in London to apply for the new Level 3 Legal Administration apprenticeship being arranged through the College, and I was fortunate enough to be chosen. The apprenticeship means I work at the Bird & Bird offices four days a week where I am regularly assessed and I also attend North Kent College one day a week where I complete units from the CILEx Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries programme. It has been a great experience for me; being able to work in an international law firm, as well as gaining a Level 3 qualification, and of course earning a great salary! As a result of working at Bird & Bird I am very grateful that they have given me the opportunity to become a Trainee PA. North Kent College have helped and encouraged me so much over the past 2 years to become the best legal secretary that I can be. I couldn’t recommend a better college!" Paige Dunbar, Legal Admin Apprentice, Bird & Bird. 

Hayley Green, Curriculum Manager of Legal & Office Support at North Kent College, said; “We are really pleased with the success of this pilot Level 3 Legal Administration apprenticeship. Paige has clearly demonstrated the benefits of working in a law firm, alongside the learning she has received at college, and learning a range of skills that she will transfer into her new position. I would like to thank Bird & Bird once again for working with us on this apprenticeship and giving Paige this opportunity to develop her skills. We wish her every success for the future.”

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