Eversheds is launching law apprenticeships in its real estate department, in addition to recruiting business services apprenticeships.
It is the first time that the firm has offered apprenticeships in legal roles, following on from its 2011 decision to offer non-legal apprenticeships.
The firm will recruit 16 school-leaver apprentices under the banner Eversheds Aspire, with vacancies across the firm’s Cardiff, Leeds and London offices. All 16 will complete a two-year apprenticeship at the firm and be paid ‘an above average apprentice wage’.
The national minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 and those of any age who are in the first year of their apprenticeship is £2.73. Any other apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age (£5.13 for those aged 18-20 and £6.50 for those aged 21 and over).
Apprentices will have the chance to undertake client secondments while training, provided by Eversheds’ education provider BPP, will focus on professional development combined with commercial nous such as client relationships and technical skills. Apprentices will be mentored throughout the two years.
Legal apprentices will study a Level 3 QCF Diploma in Business and Administration and also undertake legal training modules, while business services apprentices will study a qualification relevant to their particular team.
The firm has stated that it anticipates that many legal apprentices will want to continue their studies and acquire the qualifications needed to become a solicitor via a Solicitors Regulation Authority apprenticeship scheme, without undertaking a training contract. The government approved standards allowing apprentices to qualify as solicitors last autumn.
Eversheds chief executive Bryan Hughes said: “Our focus is on getting apprentices ‘business’ ready over the period of their apprenticeship for a future successful career with the firm. We want them to be our managers and partners of the future.”