Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and CILEx Law School are uniting to provide apprenticeships to firms across the North West.
Over 100 school leavers are able to enroll on the scheme, and the first recruits will start their employment in September. Hill Dickinson, Pannone and Weightmans are some of the local firms which have signed up to the scheme.
The plan has been spearheaded by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, as part of the national Employer Ownership of Skills programme.
The chamber of commerce co-ordinated the law firms and put out a competitive tender, won by MMU and sub-contractor CILEx Law School, with MMU providing academic knowledge and teaching experience and CILEx providing the Level 3 Apprenticeship, which it is currently developing, and its practical experience.
Head of Manchester Law School at MMU Miceál Barden said: “This is part of a bigger government policy for employers to put forward ideas for skills training that is particularly useful to them. Rather than universities providing courses it’s [employers saying] ‘these our are needs – how can you match these needs?’”
He added: “The really valuable thing is that we are not trying to provide employers with apprentices we have trained. They have agreed to take on X number of apprentices – they are employees.”
MMU and CILEx will now split the training of the 100 apprentices between them, with CILEx providing the technical training and MMU taking care of inductions and assessments. Apprentices will take 18-24 months to qualify for the Level 3 Apprenticeship, after which they will continue with training or employment.