Berwin Leighton Paisner and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co have launched their first legal apprenticeships, with recruits heading for their real estate teams.
BLP will take on three school leavers as apprentices this September. The cohort will join the Manchester-based Legal Process Delivery Centre and split their time between providing assistance on routine matters to the real estate team and being trained by CILEx Law School.
The group, who must all have achieved five A-C GCSEs and three A-levels at grade C or above, will work towards their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services and will mainly focus on document review work.
If successful, the apprentices will become paralegals and have the opportunity to gain further qualifications while working at the firm.
Centre head Richard Sawtell said: “The whole profession is changing so much and routes opening up. Rather than just follow it we’d like to help change it. There are different aspects to inclusivity and social inclusivity is just as important as diversity. It really feels like the right thing to do.”
He added: “If it goes the way we want it to in Manchester then we will look at it expanding it throughout the firm. The quality of the people we have recruited is fantastic. Their academics are excellent and they could have gone to university but decided to take another route instead.”
Meanwhile, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is in the process of recruiting three apprentices to join its real estate team in its Birmingham office.
The apprentices, who will begin their apprenticeships this September, will follow the property subsection of the CILEx Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Service.