A new apprenticeship has been launched by CILEx (the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) and Skills for Justice.
The CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services is suitable for school leavers and career changers, as well as existing paralegals, although the apprentice must already possess good A levels if they are a school leaver.
The apprenticeship takes around 18 months to complete and is based partly on knowledge-based, academic learning and partly on practical work-based competence.
If an apprentice is under 19 years old, government funding will pay for 100 per cent of the cost of the apprenticeship while if the apprentice is 19-24, government funding will provide half of the cost.
Secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Vince Cable said: “The route you [CILEx] have opened in developing the CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services offers the ideal opportunity for ambitious young people to get ahead while earning a wage, and for employers to recruit the brightest and the best.”
Minister for skills Matthew Hancock added: “I am very keen on this new route into the legal profession, which will open the door for many new people who may not have had access to a career in law.
“These new apprenticeships will complement the traditional academic route and will have a positive impact on the diversity and social mobility for those entering the legal profession. It is our aim to make choosing between going to university and taking an apprenticeship the new norm.”