Furthering social mobility through legal training
Barking and Dagenham Council will be the first London Borough Council to hire two solicitor apprentices in its in-house legal department thanks to the solicitor apprentice programme delivered by City, University of London, in partnership with CILEx Law School.
Angela Jackman, Senior Lecturer at the City Law School, said:
“These apprentices will join the second annual intake of the solicitor apprenticeship programme in September. The scheme being introduced by Barking and Dagenham Council will assist social mobility by enabling local people to become lawyers while working, earning and studying, without incurring tuition fees.”
Speaking on behalf of Barking and Dagenham Council, Fiona Taylor said:
“These apprenticeships offer young people in our community the chance to become professionally qualified, without the burden of debt that comes with the traditional university path. Now that the Council is paying the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense for us to draw down funds from our apprenticeship service account to create these opportunities.”
Noel Inge, Managing Director at CILEx Law School, said:
“As well as giving local young people an opportunity to develop a law career, these two apprenticeships will assist Barking and Dagenham Council in meeting the public sector apprenticeship target of 2.3 percent of the workforce. We look forward to assisting with the recruitment for these posts, and to training them from September.”