Clyde & Co pilots apprenticeships in Manchester

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

Firm Launched Qualification gained
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)
Kennedys 2012 CILEx
Co-operative Legal Services 2012 Apprenticeship academy
Freeth Cartwright 2012 CILEx
Cartwright King 2012 Non-legal roles
Pinsent Masons 2011 CILEx
Minster Law 2011 CILEx
DWF 2011 Paralegal academy
Irwin Mitchell 2011 CILEx
Gordons 2011 CILEx
Eversheds 2011 Paralegal and non-legal roles
Norton Rose Fulbright 2011 Non-legal roles