CLS triumphs at Modern Law Awards 

CILEx Law School has won the Supporting the Industry category at the Modern Law Awards ceremony which took place at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on 31st January. The award was collected by Nicola Goodman, our Business Development Manager (North).  

The award, in the 26+ employees category, is given for a company who can provide evidence that the clients’ experience/performance has been improved and value has been added. CILEx Law School’s nomination was based on its apprenticeship recruitment service. 

Apprentices are generally school leavers and, traditionally, legal services organisations have recruited future fee-earning talent by selecting graduates through well-established avenues. Apprenticeship recruitment requires a detailed understanding of funding and eligibility rules plus the balance between employer requirements and apprentice needs. 

CILEx Law School, long geared towards offering alternative professional vocational routes into the legal sector, has set up a dedicated, free apprenticeship recruitment service for our clients. We support law firms of all sizes, in-house legal departments and local authorities. The service is available to our apprenticeship clients throughout England. 

The team is formed of former and current apprentices – including a member of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ Apprentice Panel – who understand the system and empathise with candidates. 

Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships, said: “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the hard work that our recruitment service does in supporting our clients and in reaching out and giving confidence to eligible apprenticeship candidates. 

Successful recruitment leads to high apprenticeship completion rates. The current completion rate for apprentices recruited and taught by CLS is 87%, which is significantly above the national average. 

As a result of our recruitment work we are the market leader in apprenticeship delivery in the legal sector and are currently teaching over 500 apprentices in client organisations throughout England. Many opportunities would not exist without our dedicated recruitment service.”