Optima launches apprenticeships

Capita’s legal arm Optima Legal will employ 15 apprentices in its Leeds office, and may extend its scheme to London and Newcastle in future.

The apprentices will undertake their legal training at BPP law school, studying to NVQ Level 3 while gaining on-the-job experience at Optima. They will have the chance to become qualified solicitors after completing their NVQs.

The government last week approved plans for apprentices to qualify as solicitors (20 August 2014). Currently they are only able to become legal executives. 

Optima managing director David Ashcroft said: “Apprenticeships are a key part of Optima Legal’s growth plans, providing the business with an opportunity to develop and nurture talent while investing in the professional development of our people. This scheme is another example of our commitment to invest in innovative and progressive initiatives to grow our people and business.”

Organisations in the legal sector known to be running apprenticeships

 
Firm Number of apprentices Qualification gained Launched
Optima Legal 15 NVQ level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Mishcon de Reya 2 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Morrisons Solicitors 1 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Essex Council 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration, CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Bond Dickinson   CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Hill Dickinson   CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Withers 4 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Taylor & Emmet 2 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Olham Council 2 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
BBC 3 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Clyde & Co 5 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2014
Weightmans 25 CILEx Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2013
DAC Beachcroft 7 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2013
Mayer Brown 3 NVQ in Business Administration (courses may vary) 2013
Thomas Eggar 1 CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2013
Addleshaw Goddard 10 NVQ level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services 2013
Shoosmiths   CILEx Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships 2013
Field Fisher Waterhouse 5 CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice 2013
Browne Jacobson Up to 6 CILEx Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration (supplemented with additional legal specific modules from CILEx Level 3 qualifications) 2012
Kennedys   CILEx 2012
Co-operative Legal Services 10 Apprenticeship academy 2012
Freeth Cartwright   CILEx 2012
Cartwright King 2 Non-legal roles 2012
Pinsent Masons   CILEx 2011
Minster Law   CILEx 2011
DWF 5 Paralegal academy 2011
Irwin Mitchell   CILEx 2011
Gordons 5 CILEx 2011
Eversheds   Paralegal and non-legal roles 2011
Norton Rose Fulbright 1 Non-legal roles 2011