Eversheds is considering following Norton Rose’s lead and taking on apprentices in a number of its support departments.
During National Apprenticeship Week (7-11 February) Norton Rose announced that it had taken on an apprentice to work as a cashier in its finance team.
Working alongside the National Apprenticeship Service, the top 10 law firm is considering whether it can offer further apprenticeships within its finance, HR, professional resources and IT departments.
Eversheds confirmed that it is considering enrolling students who have reached GCSE level into its paralegal community, knowledge management and IT services as part of the scheme.
The firm’s HR director Angus MacGregor said: “We’ve acknowledged that some people are wired in a different way and don’t necessarily need to do A-levels or be graduates. Generation Z wants to get to the endzone more quickly.
“Part of [the apprenticeship programme] is also about widening access to the legal profession and extending the pool we recruit from.”
A number of law firms are expected to be involved in the City of London Business Traineeship Scheme this year, whereby students work in finance, HR and communications departments.
Last year magic circle firms Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance signed up to the scheme, as well as DWF and Paul Hastings.
The traineeship scheme, which was introduced in 1994-95, acts as brokerage that brings together school leavers from boroughs neighbouring the City with businesses in the Square Mile.