Nineteen legal apprentices have been recruited by international law firm Gowling WLG to follow the Paralegal Apprenticeship programme over a period of two years.
The new recruits joined the firm on 25 September 2017 and are participating in an extensive induction course in Birmingham, jointly delivered by Gowling WLG and apprenticeship provider CILEx Law School, before joining their teams in October. The apprentices will be employed in either the London or Birmingham offices and will be placed in a range of practice areas across the firm including Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Banking and Finance, and Tax and Funds.
The recruitment of these nineteen people follows the success of the four apprentices who joined the firm in September 2015 and who completed their apprenticeships in summer 2017.
Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships at CILEx Law School, said: “This is the biggest single cohort of paralegal apprentices being taken on in one intake. It’s been a pleasure working closely with Gowling WLG to launch this new programme with them.”
Gowling WLG’s HR Director Chris Oglethorpe, said: “The experience we have had with our current apprentices and with CILEx Law School over the past two years has proved to us that apprenticeships are an excellent way of recruiting and training new talent. While we are already convinced of the benefits of apprenticeships as a recruitment tool, an added incentive for expanding the scheme was that we are keen to apply our apprenticeship levy payments to good effect. Additionally, we are keen to open up opportunities to people who may have been put off paying university tuition fees.”
Lucy Dolan, Early Talent Manager at Gowling WLG , who has led the apprenticeship project, said: “We have been very impressed by the calibre of applicants for these roles and are confident that they will be an asset to the firm.”
Photo: The apprentices with Lucy Dolan, Early Talent Manager at Gowling WLG (front middle) and Jenny Pelling, CILEx Law School’s Director of Business and Apprenticeships (standing next to the wall fourth from the bottom)