Court staff roll out new apprenticeship

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service has joined forces with Skills for Justice to create a new apprenticeship framework.

The Ministry of Justice, the Crown Prosecution Service and employers from the courts, tribunals and prosecutions sector are working closely with the charitable organisation to jointly fund a framework that will bring together the administrative and operations functions of courts for the first time.

Ministry of Justice senior corporate learning consultant Morag Aitken said: “Rather than each nation being treated separately, we have been able to work collaboratively so we have a common standard for administration in courts, based on National Occupational Standards across all the countries and across the justice sector.

“The advantages for us are around the transferability of skills. Staff in any court in England would also qualify in other countries, which would provide the transferability of staff.”

The new apprenticeship will be in Court Operations and will be available for existing staff in a bid to widen training opportunities.

The news follows Skills for Justice signing up between 20 and 25 organisations in the legal profession to its paralegal apprenticeship framework.

The framework is looking to pull together a set of paralegal functions to form the basis of national standards that will sit at the heart of a structured apprenticeship programme in the legal services sectors (15 December 2011).