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Published on Friday, September 28, 2018


LCR apprentice wins North West Apprenticeship award...

We are extremely proud of Liverpool City Region apprentice and one of our ambassadors, Jordan Coulton, who recently won the award for North West Higher Apprentice of the Year. Read what Jordan has to say about why he chose an apprenticeship, his job role, his achievements and plans for the future.

Why I chose an apprenticeship

Being the first year to fall victim to the rise in tuition fees, I was uncertain about university but filled with eagerness to learn. I decided to take the apprenticeship route as I wanted to be learning “hands on” within a business and to develop key business skills at an early stage of my career. After a challenging interview, I became not only Weightmans’ first higher legal apprentice but astoundingly the first in the country.  

My job role

I currently work within Regulatory and our team represents clients at Inquests. I am involved in all aspects of the Inquest process from interviewing witnesses and drafting witness statements, considering documents to assess the client’s case and I have even been involved in advocacy at Court. I intend to qualify in 2019 within Regulatory at the age of 25 and, within the next 10 years, gain Associateship and Partnership. I am also keen to seek appointment as a Coroner after 5 years post-qualification.

Achievements

My achievements include:

  • Achieving 134% on my financials target
  • Instructed to handle a litigated occupational disease claim for a new client who had no experience of the process in which we won;
  • Attending an inquest on behalf of a client during a complex hearing in which the Area Coroner for Manchester North personally thanked me for my diligence in preparation which ensured the inquest proceeded as scheduled;
  • Proactive in the local Junior Lawyers Division, having been nominated for Merseyside Junior Lawyers “Star of the Year” 2018;
  • Achieving a 1st in my Public Law exam even though I co-hosted the National Apprenticeship Awards the night before;

I have also developed my interpersonal and public speaking skills as the Lead Apprentice Ambassador for Liverpool and as a board member of the NW YAAN. My involvement in ambassadorial activities has been pivotal and includes

  • Meeting the Minister for Skills at the House of Commons and discussing ways to engage “Oxbridge” with apprenticeships;
  • Co-hosting the NW Regional National Apprenticeship Awards and the National Awards at the Grosvenor Hotel, Mayfair;
  • Launch of National YAAN;

Role model

I act as a role model for others giving people the opportunity to learn from my experience of social mobility through my apprenticeship. I would have been the first in my family to go to university but I am more proud to say that I am the first in my family to undertake and complete an apprenticeship. 

I was Weightmans’ first ever apprentice and the impact I have made including the connections within the business has meant the firm have invested further within their apprenticeship scheme. I have changed attitudes of those traditional lawyers who are surprised to understand I am an apprentice in light of my success thus far. This has also widened the skills of supervisors who have never managed apprentices and enabled Weightmans to become a forward thinking law firm. We now see many law firms investing in apprenticeships and it is fulfilling to know this all started from my apprenticeship.

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