Fellow apprentices / the apprenticeship network

The great thing about apprenticeships at Womble Bond Dickinson is that you will always have fellow apprentices to talk to and build connections with. The apprenticeship network connects all apprentices across all offices and provides an opportunity to share hints and tips and learn about other apprenticeships offered within the firm. Whether you meet with other apprentices in the office for a catch up over lunch, or connect virtually with apprentices in other offices - there are many social and networking opportunities available to share your thoughts and experiences.

Team days

Different teams often arrange out of office social days and events, which provide fun team building opportunities. Escape rooms and team lunches are just two examples of recent team days at WBD. Teams days are a great way for colleagues to socialise in a less formal setting and get to know each other on a more personal level.

Sports and social committee

At WBD, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with social events across all offices in the firm. Sports events are a fun way to develop team building skills. Recentl,y some colleagues in the Plymouth office took part in a football tournament organised by Plymouth Argyle Community Trust in aid of their Charity Project 35 – to help cut child poverty in Plymouth. The Bristol office even held their own sports day! Offices also organised different summer events, from office lunches to the Bristol office summer party at Bristol Zoo.

Christmas events

Our UK offices recently had their Christmas parties, all of which staff enjoyed a three course meal and some dancing. Awards were given with prizes awarded to the 'Happiest Person' and for 'Going Above and Beyond', and themes ranged from Alice in Wonderland to Casino themed. One office put together the 'WBD band' who performed a wide range of music from the Wizzards to Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. Various teams also enjoyed attending their Christmas lunches to get into the festive spirit.

Colleagues, commuting and volunteering

You will form great connections with the colleagues you work with day by day, which often forms friendships that go beyond the working environment. It may be that you find a colleague who lives nearby who you can walk or commute to work with, giving you the opportunity to chat and share experiences. Finally, you may like to get involved in volunteering, which opens doors to meeting new people and socialising, whilst doing something great for the community.

This blog was written by Anna Parsons, Apprentice Paralegal at Womble Bond Dickinson.

Anna Parsons