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The legal apprentice—managing and funding an apprenticeship programme

The legal apprentice—managing and funding an apprenticeship programme
Published on: 20 February 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • The legal apprentice—managing and funding an apprenticeship programme
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  • What is your firm's experience of apprenticeships?
  • You have chaired the Trailblazer Legal Committee since March 2014 which includes representatives from the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), law firms and in-house legal teams, and has developed robust standards for the paralegal, legal executive and solicitor apprenticeships. What still needs to be done?
  • From April 2017, the new apprenticeship levy, which applies to all employers with pay bills of more than £3m, kicks in. The Law Society's research unit estimates it will affect about 225 law firms at a total cost to them of about £13.7m. How does the legal profession view the levy?
  • The IFS warns that employers might rush to take on apprentices to take advantage of that 'free training' without adequate support or the right training provider. What is your advice to law firms and in-house teams?
  • What do you need to consider if you decide to go ahead with an apprenticeship programme?
  • Will the solicitor apprenticeships ever rival training contracts, given the current cost of qualifying via the traditional route?

Article summary

Practice Management analysis: A new levy intended to boost the number of apprenticeships risks sacrificing quality for quantity, according a report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS). Gun Judge, head of resourcing at Addleshaw Goddard, who also chairs the committee setting the standards for solicitor apprentices, says getting the new apprenticeships right will be challenging but will offer valuable opportunities for both individuals and firms. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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