Kennedys has increased its apprentice recruitment, following its employment of ten apprentices last year.
The firm will appoint the apprentices to offices throughout the country and they will enrol on the newly-launched CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.
Of the seven apprentices taken on by Kennedys in its 2013 intake, five are school-leavers, one has been on a gap year and another has been working as a paralegal at the firm.
Charlotte Willis, who is 18 years old and completed her A levels last academic year, will be working in the Sheffield office in the personal injury team. She said: “I had offers from universities but decided against going, as I felt the academic qualifications and practical experience I would get from the apprenticeship was a much better route into law.”
HR manager Emma Phipps said that Kennedys’ broadening of its recruitment recognised that potential future lawyers could increasingly be employed upon leaving school.
The firm first launched its apprenticeship scheme in February 2012, offering school leavers the chance to practice law without going to university (6 February 2012).