Local authority adoption of legal apprenticeships gathers pace

A further five local authorities are recruiting school leavers for apprenticeships within their legal services departments, with teaching to be delivered by CILEx Law School.

Cheshire West and Cheshire Council, Coventry City Council, Exeter City Council, Rushmoor Council and Sheffield City Council all have current vacancies for apprentices to start with them in early September. All apprentices will follow the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

Sheffield City Council will be recruiting five apprentices in total: one to be placed in each of the Litigation, Property, Commercial, Social Care and Governance departments.

Sheffield City Council Leader Cllr Julie Dore said: “We made a commitment two months ago to train the next generation of Sheffield leaders by offering some great opportunities here at the council and I am delighted that this is now coming to fruition.

“And what better way to kick-start this recruitment drive than by offering apprenticeships at the very top of what we do. Becoming a lawyer can often be a difficult and expensive career path, but this chance should help those who need it most to get on the ladder towards success.

“Training school-leavers as paralegals is not only a superb opportunity for individuals but also plays a vital part in delivering legal services for the council.”

Noel Inge, CILEx Law School’s Managing Director, said: “We are seeing increased interest in the legal apprenticeship route amongst local authorities. Legal services departments recognise the opportunity that the advanced apprenticeship provides to give young people from their local area the chance to gain workplace skills whilst fulfilling their own departmental staffing needs.”