Five young people have started their careers in legal services this week by beginning apprenticeships with leading international law firm DAC Beachcroft.
On Monday 9 September the apprentices began the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, as employees of DAC Beachcroft. Three will be based in Bristol, and two in Newport. They will be working in Claims Solutions and the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency teams. Vision Apprentices assisted with the recruitment, and the knowledge and skills training will be delivered by CILEx Law School.
The ‘Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services’ is a new qualification developed by Skills for Justice and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). It attracts government funding for the employment and training of young people aged 24 and under. DAC Beachcroft is one of the first law firms in the country to take advantage of this new initiative, which only became available for delivery this month.
Therese Tyson, HR Manager at DAC Beachcroft said: “This is a pilot programme for DAC Beachcroft and we are confident that apprenticeships will prove to be a successful and popular way of training paralegals and bringing new talent into the firm.”
Jenny Pelling, Business Director of CILEx Law School, said: “After the period of working with Skills for Justice and employers in the development of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, it is extremely rewarding to see this initiative being taken up by a leading international firm such as DAC Beachcroft. We look forward to teaching these young people and watching them flourish in the workplace.”
Larissa Bayliss, 18, who completed A Levels and left school in Bristol this summer, has elected to take up employment as a legal services apprentice rather than go to university. She said: “This is a great chance to begin working for a very prestigious firm and receive training at the same time.”
18-year-old Rebecca Mason is moving location from County Durham to Bristol to take up the position. Rebecca said: “I would have been leaving home to go to uni if I had decided to enrol on a traditional degree course, so there is no reason not to move for this opportunity, which will give me access to a professional qualification in the long run.”
One apprentice will not have to move either home or work location. Mike Thomson worked until early September in the HR Recruitment team at DAC Beachcroft in Bristol. He was so interested in the opportunity when helping out at an open evening that he decided to apply himself.
20-year-old Sam White funded himself through college, so brings an entrepreneurial spirit and plenty of self-motivation to the role.
The apprentices started at DAC Beachcroft on 9 September and they will be spending time with the new intake of trainee solicitors in London before beginning their induction programme in Bristol and Newport.
Pic caption: L-R: Teegan Bushby (Newport Motor Team), Mike Thomson (Bristol Casualty Team and former HR Resourcing Officer), Larissa Bayliss (Bristol Corporate Recovery and Insolvency), Sam White (Newport Motor Team), Rebecca Mason (Bristol Casualty Team)