CILEx Law School (CLS) has received national recognition for the work we have done to make the legal profession open to all

CLS claimed the Diversity and Inclusion award at last week’s Lexis Nexis Awards in central London.

The awards, which are judged by leading figures in the legal sector, recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the legal sector.

Judges were impressed about how we have opened access to the profession through apprenticeships, as well as the extent of our client base.

Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships at CLS, said: “Many organisations who are implementing legal apprenticeship programmes only have experience of recruiting potential fee earners at graduate level.

“We assist clients in raising awareness of vacancies, in selection and recruitment of apprentices – and we also train the staff who will act as supervisors so that they know what to expect.

“It is very rewarding to see apprentices blossom in the workplace and we are delighted that our hard work in helping our clients to set up apprenticeship programmes has been recognised by this award.”

CLS has been delivering legal apprenticeships since 2013, so has been well placed to meet increased demand and competition since the new Paralegal, Chartered Legal Apprenticeship and Solicitor Standards were introduced in 2016, and the apprenticeship levy came into force in 2017.

Due to recruitment on behalf of our clients during 2017, CLS currently has more than 400 apprentices at client organisations, including a large intake of summer 2017 school leavers.

To find out how we could help you to design and implement an apprenticeship programme in your organisation please call Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships, on 01234 844326.