All seven of Plexus Law’s first group of apprenticeships have been offered permanent jobs after completion of their training, as the firm rolls out its programme to other offices.
The firm initially took on seven apprentices in 2012 – all based in Leeds and working towards a Level 2 NVQ in Business and Legal Administration. In a rotation system similar to a training contract, the apprentices spent six months at a time in four different teams over the two years, including stints in administration and finance departments.
Six of the seven apprentices have now qualified as legal assistants with Plexus, while the seventh has gone on to join the finance department at Parabis, the parent company of Plexus. The legal assistants are now working towards either Level III or IV qualification.
From the initial seven, Plexus then took eight more apprentices in 2013 and 14 the year after that. It has also expanded the programme from Leeds, with offices in London, Evesham, Manchester and Halifax all taking apprentices.
Hilary Yeo, the partner responsible for the apprenticeships scheme, said: “We are extremely proud to have retained all our apprentices and are particularly pleased that one apprentice has found his niche and will be now pursuing a career with our finance team.
“The legal profession has struggled to shake off its conservative image and by providing an alternative route we are attracting a far wider range of individuals. Increasing diversity is also on the boardroom agenda for a variety of businesses across Europe.”
The rise of apprenticeships has been one of the major trends in the legal profession over the past five years, with the current coalition government heavily promoting them. A number of different versions leading towards various different qualifications have been pioneered, and in August last year the government approved standards allowing apprentices to qualify as solicitors.
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