Half of all law firms do not understand apprenticeships

Half of all legal employers do not understand apprenticeships, with around two-thirds choosing not to employ apprentices, according to research by Skills for Justice.

The industry body’s research showed that half of legal employers had little or no understanding of which people are eligible for apprenticeships, almost half (48.6 per cent) did not know apprenticeships’ cost to employers and half did not understand the different levels involved within apprenticeships.

Under one third (28.7 per cent) completely understood how apprenticeships might add value to their business

The research also showed that two thirds (63 per cent) of employers in the justice and community safety sectors did not employ apprentices.

Skills for Justice head of research Jon Parry said: “Apprenticeships have grown in stature over the last few years, but this shows that more needs to be done to educate firms on the benefits they can bring.”

“Gone are the days when apprenticeships were limited to manual trades. Now there are more than 200 different types of apprenticeships, covering a diverse range of careers”, he added.

A variety of law firms currently offer apprenticeships, though they vary in form. Some offer CILEx qualifications which can lead to eventually lead to qualification as a full legal executive or solicitor, some offer paralegal apprenticeships, while yet others offer apprenticeships in non-legal options such as business development and support roles.

Firms offering apprenticeships with CILEx qualifications

Firm Launched
Weightmans 2013
DAC Beachcroft 2013
Thomas Eggar 2013
Shoosmiths 2013
Field Fisher Waterhouse 2013
Browne Jacobson 2012
Kennedys 2012
Freeth Cartwright 2012
Pinsent Masons 2011
Minster Law 2011
Irwin Mitchell 2011
Gordons 2011