Mayer Brown and DAC Beachcroft launch apprenticeships

Mayer Brown and DAC Beachcroft have become the latest firms to launch apprenticeship schemes.

Five school leavers have started two-year apprenticeships in DAC Beachcroft’s Bristol and Newport offices, working in claims solutions and corporate recovery and insolvency teams. The pilot programme will see them working towards the CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

One apprentice, 18-year-old, Rebecca Mason, is relocating from County Durham to Bristol to take up the role. She said: “I would have been leaving home to go to uni if I had decided to enrol on a traditional degree course, so there is no reason not to move for this opportunity, which will give me access to a professional qualification in the long run.”

Mayer Brown’s scheme, which is run in partnership with the charity City Gateway, also caters to school leavers, giving them a one-year placement within one of the business services departments in Mayer Brown’s London office, with a salary of £15,000.

One apprentice has already joined the business development and marketing team, while a further two are being recruited into information centre and facilities departments.

They will be expected to work a four-day week at Mayer Brown, spending the fifth day working towards a formal qualification at City Gateway. The first apprentice will gain an NVQ in Business Administration, though it is anticipated that others may take different courses.

Mayer Brown senior partner Sean Connolly, said: “Many bright young people are turning to programmes such as ours as an alternative to university in order to develop their workplace skills. Apprenticeships haven’t traditionally been associated with law firms but I am encouraged by the growing number of apprentices that are now being recruited. We need to expand access to opportunities across the sector in order to appeal to the widest pool of talent and our programme gives young people an opportunity to focus on their vocational training, while developing their career.”

Mayer Brown and DAC Beachcroft are the latest in a series of firms to announce apprenticeship schemes, though they have varied in their format.

Firms including Thomas Eggar and Field Fisher Waterhouse have their apprentices working towards a CILEx qualification, while Addleshaw Goddard’s eventually pick up an NVQ