City partnership helps sets up new solicitor training programme
The City Law School’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) team is working in partnership with CILEx Law School to launch the ITV Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme, which comes into effect in September 2016.
The introduction of the Trailblazer apprentice qualification will diversify the routes for individuals to qualify as solicitors, whilst maintaining current academic and professional standards.
This qualification pathway will enable school leavers and others to take up paid apprenticeships either in law firms or in-house for a 6-year period while studying on a part-time basis. The City Law School, CILEx Law School and ITV are working together to promote the scheme initially to firms which are part of the Legal Social Mobility Partnership led by ITV. They will also be approaching a wider range of firms.
The City Law School will provide the academic study programme for the apprentices and work closely with the employing bodies.
Andrew Garard, general counsel at ITV, said:
“We are delighted to be the first in-house legal department to embrace the new Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme. We see the new apprenticeship route as a great opportunity to create solicitors who know ITV’s business inside out at the point of qualification. This can only enhance our quest to make our lawyers true business partners.”
Angela Jackman, a partner in part- time private practice and The City Law School’s lead on apprenticeships, said:
“This is a very exciting project. I am aware from my current practice just how difficult it is for many people to qualify as solicitors due to the cost of studying and the limited number of available training contracts. The scheme will open up the profession by increasing the potential for social mobility, whilst retaining the rigorous standards required to qualify. We look forward to building our relationship with CILEx Law School and developing strong professional links with ITV, a range of law firms and in-house practitioners.”