Legal apprenticeships focus for summer school

School students considering apprenticeships as a route into law will be able to attend courses run by BPP Law School throughout the UK this summer.

The private education provider’s three-day offering will focus on apprenticeships and aid students in their career decision-making as well as imparting interview and CV skills.

The School for Young Professionals is open to anyone in Years 11 to 13 and will give students access to employers who run apprenticeships in their region. BPP will also run introductory sessions to its apprenticeship courses.

James Hammill, director of BPP Professional Apprenticeships, said: “We want to show students aiming for the top professions that there are a number of ways to get there.  BPP offers both degrees and apprenticeships and this free course helps young people decide what the best route is for them.”

The training is available this summer in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The news follows the announcement that the Government is set to roll out a legal apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with BPP Law School from this autumn, enabling budding lawyers to qualify as solicitors without going to university.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock, writing in The Telegraph last year (27 December), outlined plans for the schemes in professions such as law and accountancy under which apprenticeships at bachelors and masters levels will be officially recognised for the first time.

Hancock wrote: “…recently the number of apprenticeships has boomed, with more than a million begun since the election. This is essential in tackling the skills shortage we currently have across a range of sectors, including plumbing and engineering. It will enable more people to progress in work.

“I’m especially excited about a new law apprenticeship which BPP Law School is seeking to develop as an alternative to the traditional means of qualifying as a solicitor. It is in discussion with the relevant regulatory body and sector skills council, Skills for Justice, to advance its proposals.”

In March, Weightmans became the first law firm to offer legal apprenticeships, launched by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (13 March 2013).