• First day at school for London Borough’s first Higher Apprentices in legal services

    13 July 2015



    Employees from the London Borough of Hillingdon became the first Higher level legal apprentices to start their training at The University of Law’s (ULaw) Bloomsbury campus yesterday. The Higher Apprenticeship initiative enables learners in England to follow an Apprenticeship pathway to become a qualified legal practitioner. 

    The initiative will give the next generation of aspiring legal professionals a deeper understanding of the industry, and allows them to earn while they study for their legal qualification. Another seven apprentices from the London Boroughs of Harrow and Barnet and Islington will commence their training over the coming months.  

    Technical training and the completion of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualifications (CILEx) is combined with on-the-job learning. In a unique model of collaboration between the FE and HE sectors, apprentices will receive formal training for one day per week at ULaw’s Bloomsbury Centre with teaching from tutors at City and Islington College, a partner FE College of ULaw, and one of the Capital’s leading FE providers. On the other days students will work in the legal services departments at their local authority.

    Marking the start of the Higher Level Apprenticeship training, students from the London Borough of Hillingdon, their tutor, and representatives from City and Islington College and The University of Law
    Marking the start of the Higher Level Apprenticeship training, students from the London Borough of Hillingdon, their tutor, and representatives from City and Islington College and The University of Law

    Apprentices will be evaluated through a mix of on the job performance and academic assessments, all designed to develop the skills and qualities that the apprentices will need to succeed in the competitive legal sector. 

    Alan Woods, Director of Apprenticeships and Vocational Education, ULaw, said; “We are delighted that the London Borough of Hillingdon is the first to embark on this partnership with ULaw and City and Islington College to provide Apprenticeships for its employees. The initiative is a ground-breaking way to attract and nurture young talent and reflects ULaw’s commitment to supporting a range of Apprenticeships as an alternative path into law, promoting greater access to and diversity within the profession.”

    Rajesh Alagh, Borough Solicitor, London Borough of Hillingdon, said: “The Apprenticeship initiative is a fantastic opportunity for our talented young employees to develop essential work based skills while studying for a nationally recognised qualification with the UK's largest law school.  Our apprentices have showed great enthusiasm for the scheme which opens the door to a successful career in the legal profession.”

    Case studies of the students are available on request.

    For further information please contact:
    The University of Law:
    Mark Knight/ Sarah Evans Toyne/ Lianne Robinson/Chiara Barreca/ Henry Adams
    Telephone: 020 7726 6111
    E-mail: theuniversityoflaw@broadgatemainland.com