CLS highly commended at British Legal Awards 2018 

It has been a great week for CILEx Law School, our apprentices and client organisations at awards ceremonies:

  • CILEx Law School was highly commended at the British Legal Awards 2018
  • Michelle Blackwell, a Chartered Legal Executive apprentice at Bevan Brittan, was highly commended at the National Apprenticeship Awards
  • Marjana Uddin, who recently completed her Paralegal Apprenticeship with us, and her employer the BBC were both victorious at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards

British Legal Awards 2018

CILEx Law School was highly commended in the Supplier of the Year for Business Services category at last night’s ceremony in central London for our apprenticeship recruitment work.

Judges were impressed by the work which we have done to open up apprenticeship opportunities in the legal sector by setting up a dedicated apprenticeship recruitment service which is free to our employer clients.

We advise on funding rules; identify appropriate job roles which meet the requirements of the relevant apprenticeship Standard; promote vacancies and screen candidates at different stages of the recruitment process.

It means that organisations wishing to offer apprenticeships but only used to recruiting graduates by well-established routes are able to take advantage of our expertise.

As a result, CLS has almost 500 apprentices on programmes with client organisations. A significant number of these opportunities would not exist without our dedicated recruitment service.

And thanks to successful recruitment, the current completion rate for apprentices recruited and taught by CLS is 87%, compared to the latest published national average of 67.7%.

National Apprenticeship Awards

Michelle Blackwell capped a successful year by being highly commended in the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year category.

The Litigation Paralegal is currently in the second year of her Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship with Bevan Brittan.

She was among nine regional finalists at Wednesday evening’s ceremony in London after winning in the West Midlands.

Michelle, who progressed onto her current programme after successfully completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services* was also runner-up in the Apprentice of the Year category at this year’s CILEx National Awards.

Asian Apprenticeship Awards

Marjana Uddin won the Financial, Legal and Professional Services Apprentice Award.

Another CLS apprentice – Anil Kararra (Gowling WLG) – was also shortlisted for the prize which was  awarded at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, in Birmingham, last night.

Marjana was among the first apprentices to follow the Paralegal Standard with CLS when it was introduced in 2016. After completing her apprenticeship in August 2018, she is now working as a Paralegal with the BBC.

There was also success for her employer, with the BBC claiming the Large Employer of the Year prize at the awards. CLS client Gowling WLG was also shortlisted in this category.

Congratulations from our Managing Director

Noel Inge, Managing Director of CILEx Law School, said: “We set up our apprenticeship recruitment team to meet an increasing demand for legal apprenticeships – and it has gone from strength to strength in a relatively short time.

“The expertise and hard work which is involved at every stage of the recruitment process means our clients are able to fill their vacancies with high-calibre and eligible candidates. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has made this such a success.

“I would also like to congratulate Michelle, Marjana and the BBC on their recognition. They bear testimony to the success of apprenticeships, and how they can open up lifelong opportunities to people who may not otherwise have considered working in the legal sector.”

*Note: this apprenticeship has been withdrawn by the government and replaced by the Paralegal Apprenticeship, which offers a similar opportunity and incorporates the same CILEx Level 3 qualifications as the Advanced Apprenticeship.