HM Courts and Tribunals Service launches legal apprenticeship scheme

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has today announced that it will be launching a legal apprenticeship scheme. There will be fifteen legal apprenticeships offered in total, to commence in September 2018.

The apprenticeships are open to current employees of HMCTS who are working as probate caseworkers/registrars; tribunal case workers and magistrates’ court associates.

Some apprentices will follow the Paralegal Apprenticeship which takes two years to complete. Others will enrol on the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship Programme and will take between two and a half and five years, depending on prior qualifications already held.

Training will be delivered by CILEx Law School.

Susan Acland-Hood, CEO of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, said: “This is an exciting new addition to the training and development that HMCTS has to offer – our first apprenticeship in law.

“Legal skills and training are essential for many roles in HMCTS, and we will need more legally skilled staff as we reform our services. Thanks to the training being provided by CILEx Law School, we will be able to support them in the workplace, and give them training tailored to their roles. This initial pilot of 15 participants will, we hope, grow into something much wider.

“This powerful and exciting partnership with CILEx Law School will be of huge benefit to our staff, as well as our organisation as a whole.”

Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprentices at CILEx Law School said: “It’s great to see HMCTS using the apprenticeship route to develop their staff’s skills and knowledge and to provide them with progression opportunities. This year’s theme of National Apprenticeship Week was ‘Apprenticeships Work’. From the planning that has gone into the HMCTS programme, I’m sure they will.”