You’re hired! Hillingdon launches Legal Apprenticeship programme

You’re hired! Hillingdon launches Legal Apprenticeship programme. In support of National Apprenticeship Week (11 to 15 March), the London Borough of Hillingdon has appointed four school leavers as legal assistant apprentices in its legal services department. They will be trained jointly by ILEX Tutorial College and Vision Apprentices over a period of twelve months.

The successful candidates Muna Ahmed, Jagjit Sandhu, Gangasuthan Balasubramaniam and Madison O’Callaghan will start their apprenticeship training today where they will gain practical skills and experience whilst studying towards a Level 2 Legal Administration Apprenticeship qualification.

The apprenticeship programme will be delivered jointly by ILEX Tutorial College and Vision Apprentices over a period of twelve months. However, the Council will employ the apprentices on a two-year contract, with the apprentices gaining six months experience in each of the central support; housing and property; social services and corporate and planning departments.

The apprenticeship scheme is the first programme in the UK to focus specifically on legal training for young people interested in pursuing a career in this field.

Jenny Pelling, Business Director of ILEX Tutorial College added: “This is an excellent example of the way legal organisations are opening up the profession to a diverse group of young people. We’re pleased to work with Hillingdon and Vision Apprentices on this structured training and career plan.”

Cabinet Member for Central Services, Cllr Scott Seaman-Digby, said: “The jobs market has never been more competitive, and so the council is pleased to be able to offer these young people the opportunity to kick start their legal career, and gain a qualification at the same time.”

“Not only are apprenticeships a great way for young people to gain essential work based skills and experience, but we are also looking forward to seeing what fresh new ideas, energy and skills they can bring to our teams.”

Legal Apprentice, Muna Ahmed, commented: “This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for me as I want to develop my skills in the work place at the same time as study. I’m really looking forward to getting some practical experience within the council, which will help me start my career in the legal industry.”

For more information on apprenticeships in the borough visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk