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The Trailblazer legal apprenticeship standards were launched by what was the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills in September 2015. Whilst apprenticeships have provided a vehicle for developing paralegal and non-fee earning staff for a number of years, the new scheme goes a step further in that it is now possible to qualify as a solicitor, paralegal or chartered legal executive by completing one.
As such it is likely to appeal to school leavers who find the prospect of earning whilst they learn more attractive than committing themselves to the heavy debts that come with university and the legal practice course with no guarantee of employment at the end of their studies.
With firms taking on the first cohort of Trailblazer apprentices this autumn, we recently ran a free webinar looking at how the scheme is working in practice. This was presented by the SRA’s Director of Education and Training Julie Brannan, together with Gun Judge (Head of Resourcing at Addleshaw Goddard LLP) and Marissa Sanders (Graduate Manager at Irwin Mitchell LLP). It looked at different aspects of the system from the firm's point of view, with a practical focus on the benefits firms can hope to reap through being involved in the scheme.
The Trailblazer scheme was designed very much with employers in mind, with the legal apprenticeship standards being developed with input from a number of leading law firms including Add
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