In September 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced the Legal Trailblazer Scheme which enables apprentices to qualify as a solicitor, paralegal or chartered legal executive.
Commencing in September 2016 as part of the Scheme the solicitor route will allow students to sign up straight from school to a six year programme, the completion of which will lead them to qualification as a solicitor. This will be an alternative to the traditional routes of having to embark on a university degree, the legal practice course (LPC) or a training contract. The scheme will widen participation and improve the diversity of the workforce, as well as be appealing to those looking for an alternative to the traditional graduate route to qualification.
The apprenticeship offers on and off the job learning, where some knowledge and skills will be taught away from the workplace. In order to demonstrate their ability apprentices will be rigorously assessed in order to meet stringent requirements. The City Law School have entered into a unique partnership with CILEx Law School in order to deliver a blended online and face-to-face learning experience. As part of the face-to-face learning the apprentice will be given a pathway through the part-time LLB in Legal Practice. The apprentice will spend four days of the week at your organisation benefiting from the skills and ethos that can only be learnt through practical day to day experience.
It is well known that apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. The solicitors apprenticeship programme will give your organisation the opportunity to benefit from guiding the apprentice to develop practical expertise and know-how that match your businesses requirements. In addition the firm will receive government financial incentives for recruiting school leavers and another payment when apprentices qualify.
Firms will be responsible for the apprentice in a number of ways including supervising the apprentice, working with The City Law School and CILEx and paying the apprentices salary.
We hosted a launch event of the programme, on the 15th of March.
Interview with ITV's Barry Mathews
ITV have been at the forefront of the Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeship programme and have already committed to taking an apprentice into their in-house legal team. Watch our interview with Barry Matthews, Director of Legal Affairs & Third Party Sales at ITV, for reasons on why apprentices are important and what they can mean for careers and businesses.