CILEx Law School’s role as an innovative and inclusive provider of training has been recognised in three separate legal sector awards in recent months.
In May we were shortlisted for the Legal Education Provider of the Year at the Solicitors Journal Awards. Our nomination was based on our legal apprenticeship work and for the CILEx ‘academy’ programmes that we run for employer clients in their premises.
In June we won highly commended in the Supplier Innovation (Services) category of the Legal Week Innovation awards. Our nomination was based on the successful introduction of apprenticeships to the legal sector and the high rates of completion and retention achieved by apprentices employed at our client organisations.
This month we have been shortlisted for the Award for Diversity and Inclusion at the Halsbury Legal Awards. Again our nomination was based on our work in opening up the legal sector to non-graduates through our apprenticeship delivery.
CILEx Law School is committed to giving opportunities to young people with enthusiasm and motivation to enter the legal sector.
Legal apprenticeships were first introduced to the legal sector in 2013. To date, we have delivered training to over 250 legal apprentices and achieved a success rate (of completed apprenticeships) of 83%. This compares with a national completion rate, as published by the Skills Funding agency, of 69%.
We measure the ‘timely completion’ of our apprentices (i.e. completing within three months of the set end date of the programme successfully). Our rate for this measure is 86% which is above the national average of 55%.
91% of our apprentice completers are still working in the legal profession and are being sponsored on further legal qualifications by their employers.
As well as our apprenticeship programmes, we deliver training by distance learning to almost 4,000 students following qualifications set by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).