CILEx Law School is to provide training for legal apprentices recruited by national law firm Irwin Mitchell to work in its offices in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds.
The apprenticeships – aimed at high-calibre school leavers looking for a non-graduate route into law – will start in September and the apprentices will train over a two-year period to become paralegals.
Training will be delivered as part of the Trailblazer Paralegal apprenticeship scheme or the Employment pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. The Trailblazer Paralegal apprenticeship becomes available for public funding from September 2016.
CILEx Law School has delivered in-house CILEx training to the Irwin Mitchell Academy for five years. Both the Trailblazer and Advanced Apprenticeships can lead to further CILEx training, since exemptions are awarded for those who successfully complete the apprenticeship schemes.
Nicola Goodman, Learning and Development Manager at CILEx Law School, said: “We are delighted that Irwin Mitchell has chosen CILEx Law School to deliver training for the new Trailblazer Paralegal apprenticeships. This is an expansion of our long supplier relationship with the firm.”
Janet Sandford, Head of Talent and Resourcing at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We see quality apprenticeships as a key part of our talent strategy – allowing us to invest in staff and promote from within. This is a great opportunity for motivated individuals who will be leaving school this year to join a leading law firm with excellent career prospects.”