Ella’s Story

Ihave done five months of my legal apprenticeship with the BBC and have a two-year contract with them. My apprenticeship is delivered by CILEx Law School. I was attracted to the law apprenticeship route because the idea of learning, gaining a practical qualification and earning money at the same time really appealed to me. I was worried university would be a dead end with lots of debt.

The apprenticeship is even better than I expected. It has driven me to be independent, mature and hard working. The apprenticeship is very well organised and I feel like I can really manage the balance of studies, working and home life.

My daily tasks include all sorts of things like helping my colleagues to contract new or existing TV programmes, updating various documents with incoming information and facts and figures, it’s all practical tasks that vary every day. I also send many emails and some letters to clients or the BBC’s partner businesses regarding deals and contracts.

I love the work I do – every day is different and I am always learning new things. One of the benefits for me has been to experience working in a full-time job in a world-renowned broadcasting business, which will look great on my CV In the future. I have enjoyed many other benefits including watching Blue Peter and The One Show live, meeting some celebrities and making some lifelong friends.

My apprenticeship contains five CILEx Level 3 units, but during the period of my two-year apprenticeship contract, I am hoping to do an additional five Level 3 units to achieve the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma. After that, I’ll move on to the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma and hope to be a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive within five years of starting my apprenticeship.

I would recommend an apprenticeship to anybody, especially if the person is unsure about university and has had enough of full-time education. I have not yet completed my apprenticeship but I have loved every day so far.

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