A new website has been launched to inform prospective candidates and their parents about the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services. Young people who may be considering joining the scheme when it is launched in Spring 2013 can now register their interest via the website at www.legalhigherapprenticeships.com/learners.
The development of the Higher Apprenticeship is being run by a consortium of Pearson in Practice, The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), Damar Training and Skills for Justice. It means that, for the first time, people in England will be able to follow an apprenticeship pathway to becoming a qualified fee-earner or paralegal within the legal sector.
This is one of three apprenticeships that are available, or are in development, for the legal sector. The Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration is already available through CILEx Law School and Damar Training, and a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is also being developed. The Level 4 Apprenticeship, set at undergraduate level, is likely to attract existing staff within law firms as well as entrants to the sector.
Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director of Damar Training, commented on behalf of the project partners:
“The recent news that the number of British undergraduates starting at English universities this year is down by 51,000 underlines the need for challenging vocational alternatives. With over 70 law firms now engaged in this project we are confident that the legal apprenticeship pathway will provide many ambitious young people with an opportunity to build a career in law without any student debt.”
If you are an employer who may be interested in employing apprentices or enrolling current staff on a scheme please contact Jenny Pelling on 01234 844326.