BBC extending legal apprenticeship programme in 2016

The BBC group is to recruit four more legal services apprentices for its in-house legal department in 2016. Three will join the London office and one will start in the Salford office. The organisation will be looking for high-calibre individuals who have completed their A levels or equivalent and have gained A-C grades in Maths and English at GCSE level to start in September 2016.

The apprentices will receive a salary of £12,000 and follow the new Trailblazer Paralegal apprenticeship path, which includes CILEx Level 3 units as well as workplace skills. The apprentices will also gain experience working in the rights and business affairs teams within the BBC, learning about the BBC group’s commercial and corporate interests. They will be given study leave every week and the work will involve assisting the BBC’s lawyers as they conduct cases, transactions and projects. The apprentices will be taught by CILEx Law School.

Jenny Pelling, Business Director, CILEx Law School, said: “The BBC apprentices will be the first wave of Trailblazer Paralegal Apprentices. Having seen how successful legal apprentices are at the BBC, it is great to build on that achievement by extending the scheme for September 2016.”

Alison Neil, Learning and Development Manager for BBC Legal said “The BBC Legal teams are pleased to be able to welcome a second intake of apprentices in 2016, thus reaffirming our commitment to offering an entry level route into the profession for bright and motivated people from all backgrounds. This time we have been able to open up the apprentice scheme to applicants outside of London, with one space available in the rights and legal business affairs team in Salford.”