The BBC group is to recruit three legal services apprentices for its in-house legal department based in London. The organisation will be looking for high-calibre school leavers to start in September 2014.
The apprentices will follow the employment pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which includes CILEx Level 3 units in employment law and practice as well as workplace skills. The apprentices will also gain experience working in the rights and business affairs teams within the BBC, learning about the BBC group’s commercial and / or corporate interests. The apprentices will be taught by CILEx Law School and recruitment will be by Vision Apprentices.
Group general counsel for the BBC, Sarah Jones said: “We are delighted to be able to offer legal apprenticeships covering employment and commercial aspects of the BBC group’s work. The apprentices will work under the supervision of qualified personnel in the employment and commercial teams to begin with and we expect them to start making a real contribution to the department’s work as they progress through their two year apprenticeships.”
The announcement comes just after the BBC hosted a conference to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week on 3 March, at which the Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall and the Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock, were speaking of the value to employers and apprentices of apprenticeship schemes.
Jenny Pelling, Business Director, CILEx Law School, said: “Legal apprenticeships fit well with the BBC’s progressive culture. School leavers now have the opportunity to join a highly respected in-house legal team and we look forward to supporting the apprentices from the start of their career in law.”