School leaver apprentices invited to ‘Earn and Learn’ with DAC Beachcroft

International law firm DAC Beachcroft has announced the launch of an apprenticeship programme to bring school and college leavers into its business, giving students the opportunity to start a career in law without the cost of university fees.

The firm is embarking on a new legal apprenticeship, set at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-level standard), which is being developed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and is part of a wider government initiative to provide opportunities for young people in professional services through funded training schemes.

DAC Beachcroft is inviting students who have 5 A*-C GCSEs including Maths and English and a minimum of 280 points (BBC) at A-level or equivalent (General Studies and AS alone will not count) to attend two open evenings to learn about the apprenticeships on offer.

The first will take place during the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week (11-15 March) at DAC Beachcroft’s Bristol office (Portwall Lane near St Mary Redcliffe) on Wednesday 13 March from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. The Newport session will run on Wednesday 20 March (Imperial Way) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

If successful in their applications, the new apprentices will join the firm’s Claims Solutions team in the Bristol or Newport office and undertake the CILEx Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services with support from CILEx Law School.

Tony Cherry, Regional Senior Partner of DAC Beachcroft’s Bristol and Newport offices, said: “We are really pleased to offer young people from local communities the opportunity to start a career in legal services with us. As a firm, we are committed to the concept of apprenticeships and have been working with CILEx and Skills for Justice on its steering committee to help give legal minds of tomorrow an alternative route into law.”

The firm’s HR Manager for diversity, Therese Tyson, added: “The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for students who are keen to get started in the world of work straight away, while continuing to study for a recognised qualification.

“Choosing this pathway into law instead of university – which would involve undergraduate tuition fees – may also hold particular appeal in the current climate. It’s a great way to earn and learn.”

CILEx Law School will be delivering the apprenticeship programme from September. Its Business Director, Jenny Pelling, commented: “DAC Beachcroft is taking active steps to help a diverse group of young people achieve their potential and we’re delighted that the firm is becoming an early adopter of this new advanced apprenticeship. The school leavers will gain work-based skills, whilst learning law and legal practice.”

To register interest in attending the open evenings, or for further information on the apprenticeships, visit http://www.dacbeachcroft.com/careers/legal-apprenticeships/meet-us or email legalapprenticeships@dacbeachcroft.com An online application can be accessed on the site from Monday 11 March until Sunday 30 June 2013.