Bond Dickinson pilots legal apprenticeships in its Plymouth office

National law firm Bond Dickinson is to employ three school leavers as legal apprentices in its Plymouth office. The apprentices will be recruited from the local area and will follow the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services through CILEx Law School.

Bond Dickinson has been a great supporter of the CILEx qualifications for non-graduate staff throughout all its offices for many years.
Recruitment Manager Samantha Lee commented: “We see the Advanced Apprenticeship as a great way of combining the advantages of CILEx training alongside the development of workplace skills. The fact that this training route attracts public funding is an added incentive, as it will allow us to recruit and develop excellent staff while reducing overheads. We intend to select first-rate A Level candidates to support our onshore team.”

The Plymouth initiative will be a pilot to be conducted during 2014/2015 and may be rolled out to further offices in 2015.

Jenny Pelling, Business Director at CILEx Law School, said: “We have been working with our clients at Bond Dickinson for many years in the delivery of CILEx courses by distance learning. We look forward to meeting their first apprenticeship recruits and being instrumental in their development from ‘raw’ school leavers to effective contributors to Bond Dickinson’s business.”

Vision Apprentices, a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Nottinghamshire College Group that specialises in the placement of apprentices, is conducting the recruitment with Bond Dickinson. The apprentices will start their placement with the firm in September 2014.

For more information contact Morag Hiskett, Marketing Manager, CILEx Law School, on 01234 844328 or email

If you would like to find out more about the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services please contact our Business Team on 01234 844316.