The College of Law has been appointed as preferred provider of the Professional Skills Course (PSC) for new company Accutrainee, which in 2011 launched a revolutionary trainee solicitor model.
Accutrainee is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to take on trainee solicitors and offers legal organisations a new way of sourcing and managing trainees.
The first Accutrainee trainee to undertake their PSC with the College under the new deal has already begun the course with the second due to start in November.
Accutrainee employs trainee solicitors under an SRA-approved training contract and is responsible for them and for ensuring that all SRA requirements are met. It seconds out its trainees to clients in accordance with their specific requirements and work levels and is initially targeting its services at London firms and in-house legal departments.
The new model was designed to offer firms greater flexibility over trainee contracts and to respond to the pressures facing them in light of recent industry changes, including high up-front costs of trainee recruitment, time delays and inability to adjust trainee resources in line with workload fluctuations.
For the trainees themselves an Accutrainee training contract has the same outcome as any other training contract - upon satisfactory completion they become a qualified solicitor as recognised by the SRA.
Susan Cooper, CEO and Founder of Accutrainee
Colin Davey, Business Development Director with The College of Law said: “This exciting partnership with Accutrainee demonstrates the College’s strong support for imaginative schemes such as this, which seek to formulate flexible routes into legal practice. The legal services market is currently undergoing huge transformation and it is vital that the education and training of future lawyers also develops to meet the evolving requirements of this modern world of law.”
Last year the College revamped its PSC to give trainee solicitors even better preparation for practice by encorporating a new Business of Law programme to identify the core competencies required for a successful legal career and show how they are developed throughout the course. In addition trainees can now choose tailored routes through the PSC specific to the area of law in which they are working - corporate, commercial/private and Legal Aid.
Susan Cooper, CEO and Founder of Accutrainee said: “Our trainees and their development are hugely important to us. We are therefore very pleased to be working with The College of Law given its reputation as a leading legal education and training provider. Due to our bespoke training contract model which delivers new levels of flexibility and efficiency into the qualification process, it was essential for us to partner with a provider which can offer our trainees both top quality training and high levels of flexibility in their training programme.
The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York.
Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)