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First legal apprenticeships come on stream - May-24-12
Source: The Times - Law
New partnership establishes an apprenticeship pathway for law, similar to the apprenticeship scheme for accountancy
The first legal apprenticeships are about to come on stream through a partnership between Skills for Justice and the London Apprenticeship Company (LAC).
The idea is to encourage those who run legal services to change the way that they attract and recruit people, achieving better results for their business, a more diverse workforce and motivated employees with real loyalty.
The London Apprenticeship Company was the first apprenticeship training agency to be piloted in 2008 and since then it has placed more than 600 young people into apprenticeships.
From next year it is branching out into legal services to offer apprenticeships specifically aimed at those working in paralegal roles.
The scheme was highlighted in a speech this week by Alan Woods, the CEO of Skills for Justice, at an event held by the London Apprenticeship Company (LAC) and Land Securities.
London Apprenticeship Company has a track record of providing a high quality end-to-end service for employers wanting to take on an apprentice, and has developed a "Gold Standard” approach to apprenticeships, only becoming involved where there is a quality job opportunity, with high quality training attached.
The calibre of candidate available to employers is crucial and LAC boasts an exceptional rolling pool of up to 200 talented candidates drawn from school and college leavers whom it describes as having "bags of determination and motivation to succeed”.
Colin Fredriksen, the Business Development Executive, LAC, said: "I thought that there should be an apprenticeship pathway for law, similar to the apprenticeship pathway for accountancy.”
Through Nigel Savage, the CEO for The College for Law, and board member for Skills for Justice, he heard of the work that Skills for Justice had started on getting an apprenticeship pathway in law approved by National Apprenticeship Service and funded by the Skills Funding Agency.
"This was music to our ears at LAC.”
Skills for Justice is one of several Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) that are independent, UK-wide organisations which are licensed by the government to tackle skills gaps in specific employment markets.
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