Accutrainee names CoL as preferred provider

Accutrainee has named the College of Law (CoL) as its preferred provider for the professional skills course (PSC) needed by its trainees.

Accutrainee takes on trainee solicitors unable to secure a traditional training contract and then secures temporary positions for them with legal organisations, ensuring that although their time may be split between different firms and companies, they still gain the necessary two years training experience.

The first Accutrainee trainee to undertake their PSC with the CoL has already begun the course and another is due to start in November.

As Accutrainee’s model is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), trainees who complete the scheme will become a qualified solicitor upon completion. Trainees will initially work on secondment at London firms and in-house departments according to specific requirements and work levels.

The model aims to give firms more flexibility and reduce the high costs of recruiting and the inability to adjust trainee numbers to workload fluctuations.

Colin Davey, business development director with the CoL said: “The legal services market is currently undergoing huge transformation and it is vital that the education and training of future lawyers also develops to meet the evolving requirements of this modern world of law.”

This follows news that Accutrainee has agreed its first training contract for an aspiring lawyer, at an undisclosed Top 20 law firm. (7 September 2012)