CILEx Law School teams up with top 100 law firm Freeth Cartwright to launch apprenticeship scheme

CILEx Law School is working with top 100 law firm Freeth Cartwright on the launch of its first ever apprenticeship scheme. The first appointments will be at the firm’s Nottingham and Birmingham offices although it is hoped that positions will also be created at some of the firm’s seven other offices in due course.

The programme is being run by CILEx Law School in partnership with apprenticeship specialists Damar Training, who will assist in apprenticeship recruitment.

The apprentices will provide administrative support to fee earners and will have the opportunity to learn about life in a busy law firm from the ground up. At the same time they will be working towards an apprenticeship in legal administration, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills required for their role. Depending on progress over the first year, progression to higher qualifications and fee-earning positions may be possible.

Freeth Cartwright are looking for candidates educated to A level standard who are interested in working and learning rather than following a purely academic route.

Carole Wigley, principal HR manager at Freeth Cartwright commented: “We are really excited about this project. Apprenticeships provide a way for us to introduce new staff to our values and culture early in their careers. They also enable us to attract ambitious and talented applicants who might otherwise find it difficult to enter the sector at a time of rising student fees.”

Jenny Pelling, Business Director at CILEx Law School said: “This programme by Freeth Cartwright shows that the time is ripe for a new approach to recruitment and training of those who will act in a supporting role to fee earners. CILEx Law School is pleased to be supporting its clients with such apprenticeship developments.”

If you would like to discuss apprenticeships for the legal sector please contact Jenny Pelling on 01234 844326.