Why an Apprenticeship in Legal Services is Perfect For Your Company

It might surprise you to know that many people do not think you can do an Apprenticeship in Legal Services. Many hold an outdated view that Apprenticeships are for more practical, hands-on occupations such as Mechanics or Hairdressing. This is no longer the case.

At The Sheffield College we offer an Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. The Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme. These skills are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context.

But why is it the best thing for your company?

It’s been designed by other employers in the legal sector

When the new Apprenticeship standards were revealed, it was announced that employers would play a part in shaping them. The main reason behind this is that once employers have helped design the training, the Apprentice (upon completion) would have the exact skill set the employers in the Law industry needed.

This is exactly what has happened with the Advance Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

Law companies from around the UK have been involved in the creation of the Apprenticeship from the start so you can be sure the skills the Apprentice gains are of real benefit to you. Because of this, many skills gaps will be filled within your company.

Upskill Your Existing Employees

Taking on an Apprentice does not always mean adding a new member of staff to your team. An Apprentice can be an existing member of your workforce looking to upskill – and there are no age limits on Apprentices!

This could be of double benefit to you as it shows loyalty and a determination for personal development within your workforce, as well as your Apprentice already knowing the company inside out removing any adjustment period.

Your Apprentice will only be out of the office for one day/evening a week and can be paid the same working wage that they are on now; providing a real incentive for them to achieve to the best of their ability.

It’s the first steps on the ladder to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive

The professional qualifications you gain in the Apprenticeship constitute the first rung on the pathway to the academic qualification needed to become a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer. The knowledge component of the framework certificate gives 4 units of the 10 needed for the full Diploma in Law and Practice. The additional 6 units needed can be gained through part time study in the day or evening after completing the apprenticeship.

In the meantime, you could be gaining a qualified:

  • Caseworker
  • Junior Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Trainee Legal Executive
  • Conveyancing Assistant
  • Litigation Assistant

You can choose your pathway

We know that not all Law companies are the same. We know that different companies require different skill sets, different specialisms.

There is the potential to offer several pathways on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services to best suit the need of your company. The most popular is Civil Litigation; however other options can include Employment Practice or Property. Please speak to us regarding your preference and we will do what we can to implement it.

Financial and Academic Support

Having an Apprentice can, if not managed correctly, place unnecessary burden on you and your company. This does not have to be the case.

At The Sheffield College we have an unlimited bank of resources and support for you to tap into to assist with this. The Apprentice will be visited at regular intervals by an Assessor who will ensure work is being completed to the required standard and that everything is working well between yourself and the Apprentice. Any support that is required for the Apprentice’s learning can also be accessed directly through the college. Please just ask!

You may also be able to access financial support of up to £2000 if you qualify for an AGE/GAP grant. To find out if you qualify for the financial support, please use the contact details below.

If you think the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services would be of benefit to your company, please click here to view the course details or please contact Jackie Baker on Jackie.Baker@sheffcol.ac.uk

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