• University of Law underlines commitment to developing legal apprenticeships with key advisor appointment 

    2 April 2014

    The University of Law (ULaw) has appointed Alan Woods as an advisor to help develop its apprenticeship programme, which will offer aspiring legal professionals an alternative pathway to a career in law.

    Alan arrives after seven years leading Skills for Justice (as Group Chief Executive). Skills for Justice is a Sector Skills Council (SSC) licensed by the Government to work with employers and as part of its remit, it is the Issuing Authority for Apprenticeship frameworks in England and Wales for the sectors it serves.

    Alan Woods, Legal Apprenticeships Advisor
    Alan Woods, Legal Apprenticeships Advisor

    Last month ULaw announced its involvement with the Government initiative to launch Legal Apprenticeships as part of the Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme. ULaw will help develop the initiative and work with legal employers to extend the routes available to gain professional legal qualifications in the workplace. 

    John Latham, CEO and Provost of The University of Law said: "We've signalled our intention to develop an apprenticeship offer for people who want an alternative route to becoming a solicitor and for other roles in the legal market. We are pleased to be working as part of the Government's Trailblazer project for the legal profession. Alan's appointment as lead advisor on our development of a ULaw apprenticeship model is a key next stage for us, as we engage with employers and potential partners. He brings a wealth of knowledge to The University of Law and we are looking forward to working with him."

    Commenting on his appointment, Alan Woods said: “I am delighted to be working for The University of Law as it develops its ambition to provide Apprenticeship opportunities for all those people who have an interest in becoming solicitors or working more generally in legal services.”

    In addition to his role with ULaw, Alan will also become Chair of Skills for Justice (Enterprises) Ltd. and its Awarding Organisation, SFJ Awards.

    For further information please contact:

    Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law 
    Telephone: 01483 216072 
    E-mail: lucy.wray@law.ac.uk

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