BBC ramps up in-house legal training

The BBC is expanding its in-house legal training, offering greater numbers of staff the chance to work towards legal qualifications.

The organisation will train 36 staff members from its commercial, rights and business affairs teams in-house, using CILEx Law School as its training partner. The employees work in the BBC’s bases in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford.

The majority of the staff will study towards CILEx’s Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice in Civil Litigation, which also includes units on contract law and professional skills. Another five employees who already hold an LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law will study towards the graduate fast-track diploma while two will study towards the non-graduate route diploma. The 10 remaining employees are all Legal Practice Course graduates who will become Chartered Legal Executives through work-based learning.

BBC head of legal for commercial, rights and business affairs Kathryn Richardson said: “The CILEx qualifications offer an excellent vehicle for the BBC to develop the knowledge of its business affairs staff to carry out their roles with increased confidence, while also meeting personal development goals.”

The BBC has launched several in-house training opportunities of late. In March last year it established legal apprenticeships within its in-house team and took on three school-leavers while last month it announced plans for a new training contract, with three trainees starting in September this year.

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