• The University of Law launches law Apprenticeships with top FE colleges across the country

    Monday 3 November 2014

    A new partnership between The University of Law (ULaw) and top Further Education (FE) colleges will open up a vocational pathway for students who want to pursue a legal career. 

    The new ULaw legal services apprenticeship programme – which is being announced by Government Apprenticeship Ambassador Gordon Birtwistle MP and Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry MP, on Monday 3rd November at the Houses of Parliament – will see college students gaining practical workplace experience with leading legal services employers, whilst also studying up to one day a week at ULaw. The scheme responds to the increasing demand for highly skilled paralegals and legal services technicians, and marks the first steps into vocational training by ULaw, as the country’s longest established provider of specialist legal education.

    The programme will combine the experience of FE colleges in delivering high quality apprenticeships with ULaw’s expertise in legal teaching and employer engagement. The scheme will also improve the skills of partner organisations. FE tutors will deliver the technical elements of the apprenticeships at one of ULaw’s eight campuses as well as working with the apprentice and employer throughout their on-the-job training.

    There will be three levels of apprenticeship delivered at intermediate, advanced and higher levels, all of which will be awarded by either City & Guilds or the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) – giving students a clear sense of progression while providing them with the opportunity to specialise.

    ULaw hopes some students will go on to take part in its new Articled Apprenticeships programme, which will also be launched on Monday. This unique six-year route to becoming a solicitor combines a period of recognised training with study – easing the pressure and financial burden on aspiring solicitors to complete all studies and then seek a training contract. The programme will see students earn while they learn, while employers will be given the opportunity to shape their new recruits from day one.

    Gordon Birtwistle MP, Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador to Business:

    “I am so pleased and impressed with this incredible apprenticeship programme being launched by the University of Law and Further Education colleges. Apprenticeships are the way forward. They provide on-the-job training and offer a wage with a career at the end of it.

    I myself trained as an apprentice engineer and I am the Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador and I feel very proud of this new partnership. Apprentices are our nation’s best secret. As the workforce of the future, the legal profession will only be enriched by their contribution.”

    John Latham, CEO and President, University of Law said:

    “We are delighted to be combining our legal education expertise with the vocational and apprenticeship excellence of some of the UK’s top Further Education colleges. Our combined expertise will allow apprentices across the country to gain high quality qualifications whilst building relationships with future employers and adapting to the world of work. We are very excited to start teaching the first cohort in 2015.”

    Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE, 157 Group, Executive Director said:

    "This partnership between the largest and most innovative FE Colleges in the UK and The University of Law, the country's longest-established specialist provider of legal education, will give students and apprentices the opportunity to kick-start their legal careers. The colleges involved are the acknowledged experts in the delivery of high-quality apprenticeships; the University of Law has the reputation, legal expertise and relationships with legal employers. For both students and apprentices, it is a win-win."

    For more information on the new schemes please visit: www.law.ac.uk/apprenticeships or e-mail apprenticeships@law.ac.uk