Moving on Up – the Next Step

Thursfields Solicitors were delighted to attend Birmingham Metropolitan College’s (‘BMet’) “Moving on Up” Day recently at its Stourbridge College campus.

BMet is one of the leading providers of further and higher education in the Black Country and the West Midlands. BMet Stourbridge College offers students the change to study a broad range of vocational, academic and apprenticeship courses. BMet Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (‘GBPSA’) enables students to study specifically for their chosen career path, whether it is in law, business, accounting, finance or other professional services.

“Moving on Up” Day is aimed at BMet at GBPSA students who are currently studying A levels, business or professional services related qualifications and considering their next steps. The day provided students a fantastic opportunity to talk to and obtain advice and tips from potential employers, teachers and careers advisers about the next steps in their education, future career ambitions and potential employment opportunities.

Junior lawyers from Thursfields discussed with students the different routes into law they had each taken, how students can gain work experience, other professional roles within law firms such as HR and finance, and the benefits to students of taking the apprenticeship route. This provided students a clearer insight into the work undertaken by apprentices and lawyers across the range of services Thursfields offers, from company and commercial law, property and employment to family, wills and probate and dispute resolution.

Charlotte Hatch, a legal assistant in our Residential Property team commented:

“I found the event to be extremely useful and helpful to college students who attended as it gave a clear insight to the different types of apprenticeships available to them and the different companies the apprenticeships are available with. I decided to take the apprenticeship route into law when I was 17 years old, so to be able to explain the benefits to the students was very rewarding. It was nice to see so many students taking an interest into the apprenticeship schemes and I wish the students all the best with their career choices in the future.”

For further information about the event or our work in the education sector, please contact Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard on 01905 677051 or

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