Progress Housing Group Paralegal, Andrew, shares his apprenticeship journey for National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 is 'Building Futures'. We spoke to our Paralegal and apprentice Conveyancing Technician, Andrew, about his experience of undertaking an apprenticeship at Progress Housing Group.

I'm Andrew and I work as a Paralegal within Progress Housing Group's in-house legal team.

The legal team deals with non-contentious property matters, such as the sale of the Group’s housing stock when required, growing the Group’s property portfolio through acquisitions of new properties, as well as dealing with other property-related matters such as boundary enquiries, land ownership queries and more.

I am currently undertaking the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) Level 4 Conveyancing Diploma via the apprenticeship route. Once completed, I will be qualified as a Conveyancing Technician.

I was a little nervous about taking the apprenticeship route to my desired qualification. As well as working full-time and studying for an apprenticeship, I'm also a dad! My family have been really supportive of me during the apprenticeship - it must be strange for my children to being studying at the same time as their dad!

Despite my initial reservations however, none of my fears have ever materialised, not even during the COVID-19 lockdown.

There's more to an apprenticeship than just the qualification

My apprenticeship isn’t just about gaining a legal qualification. There is so much more.

As part of my apprenticeship, I have had to learn and demonstrate other skills including refreshing my Maths, English & IT skills, and improve my time management skills.

One of the areas it has helped me enormously is with my confidence - the apprenticeship has helped build my confidence so much. In fact, so much so, that when I complete my current apprenticeship, I am hoping that there may be scope to move on to the CLC Level 6 Conveyancing Diploma, which will make me a Licensed Conveyancer (Property Lawyer).

Hopefully, I will come out of the apprenticeship not just with a legal qualification but with skills that better both myself and the wider organisation.

You're not on your own when you choose to do an apprenticeship, especially at Progress

Of course, I’m not doing my apprenticeship on my own, I may be the one doing the studying but I have a whole support network behind me, whether that be my line manager (who acts as my mentor in my apprenticeship), or the HR & OD department who give me the training support I need, or my training provider - through their coaches, tutors and the training materials, webinars and live workshops they provide.

Both myself and the organisation will benefit from my apprenticeship. I'll gain a professional qualification, and we will both benefit from a greater skills mix, knowledge base, practical experience and greater all-round resilience and performance. It's win-win."

"I would wholeheartedly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who is considering it.”


Progress Futures

Our employment and skills service, Progress Futures, can help you find your perfect apprenticeship, and/or help you to access training and employment support to improve your job prospects and achieve your goals.

Find out more by visiting the Progress Futures website by clicking here.