National law firm Bond Dickinson is recruiting a further cohort of legal apprentices into its Plymouth office. This is the third annual recruitment cycle, and follows intakes in 2014 and 2015. The original intake of apprentices have progressed at an accelerated rate through their Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services programmes and are being sponsored through further training with CILEx Law School, building on the CILEx Level 3 units included in their qualification.
The success of the apprenticeship scheme is due to the clear structure in place for apprentices to progress from entry level roles to becoming valuable fee-earners. Apprentices are allocated a supervisor and a mentor. They start with administrative tasks, such as inputting data, and drafting basic correspondence and move quickly on to supervised legal work on files. The apprentices’ role develops as they gain experience and confidence in the workplace coupled with legal knowledge through their studies.
Sam Lee, Head of Recruitment at Bond Dickinson, said: “The quality of training at Bond Dickinson is second to none. Well, that’s certainly what our people tell us. Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an on-going basis. There is a clear structure in place for our paralegals to progress from the entry level roles up to Managing Paralegal positions and, for those who want to, we support aspirations to qualify as lawyers.”
Bond Dickinson was the highest-ranking law firm in GTI Media’s Top 100 most popular employers for school leavers in 2016.
Jack Bidgood, a final year apprentice at Bond Dickinson, said: “This apprenticeship scheme has enabled me to develop personally and professionally. Through the combination of self-study and on the job experience I have the knowledge and opportunity to put what I am learning into practice. The firm provides a great deal of support and are extremely flexible in their approach to facilitating our requirements.”
Jenny Pelling, Business Director at CILEx Law School, said: “It is so rewarding to see the apprentices progress from being school leavers to competent fee earners. The fact that the apprentices from the original intake have all enrolled with us on further CILEx training is testament to the success of the scheme in nurturing talent and creating real career opportunities for these young people.”
An open evening about the apprenticeship programme is being held during National Apprenticeship Week on 17 March.