Clyde & Co is launching an apprenticeship scheme for school leavers in the personal injury department of its Manchester office.
The firm will hire five apprentices this year, and has given a start date of October 2014 for them to begin working at the firm. They will take the Civil Litigation route of the CILEx Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.
Through the 18-month programme, apprentices will focus on catastrophic injury, disease and fraud work, combining formal study with on-the-job learning.
Before starting work in the personal injury department, apprentices will undergo ‘suitcamp’, Clydes’ four to six-week training for school-leaver joiners, which is designed to acclimatise the new recruits to the environment of an international law firm.
Clydes’ global HR director Charlie Keeling said: “Clyde & Co is proud to support this Manchester based initiative, which will offer the apprentices a unique level of business exposure at an early stage in their careers. We understand the need to recognise and recruit talent at a grassroots level and we believe that widening access to the legal profession is key to ensuring access to a greater pool of talent.”
A number of apprenticeships have been launched by law firms in recent years, although recent research has suggested that half of all legal employers still do not understand them.
Firms with apprenticeship schemes
|Clyde & Co||2014||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services|
|Weightmans||2013||CILEx Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services|
|DAC Beachcroft||2013||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services|
|Mayer Brown||2013||NVQ in Business Administration (may vary in future)|
|Thomas Eggar||2013||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services|
|Addleshaw Goddard||2013||NVQ level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services|
|Shoosmiths||2013||CILEx Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships|
|Field Fisher Waterhouse||2013||CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice|
|Browne Jacobson||2012||CILEx Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration (supplemented with additional legal specific modules from CILEx Level 3 qualifications)|
|Co-operative Legal Services||2012||Apprenticeship academy|
|Cartwright King||2012||Non-legal roles|
|Eversheds||2011||Paralegal and non-legal roles|
|Norton Rose Fulbright||2011||Non-legal roles|