Apprenticeships for Employers
We are passionate about our apprenticeship programmes, the results they achieve, and the great potential both we and employers have to offer development and progression opportunities for new and existing staff. We recognise that law firms increasingly need an experienced provider-partner that can offer flexible and “future proof” apprenticeship delivery – from entry level roles in legal and business services to qualified lawyer status.
Why Hire an Apprentice?
|To support widening access to profession|
|A way to recruit the best talent, sooner|
|To provide relevant practical training, focussed on a job specific training plan|
|To increase staff retention and commitment|
|To enhance and develop the skills of existing colleagues|
|To reinforce your commitment to social responsibility|
Why Choose Us?
We are confident that our long track record of successful and innovative delivery, from school leaver to post-graduate level, provides the best and most comprehensive solution for the sector. Our core Solicitor programme has it its heart an LLB with a proven track record of excellence recognised in our Gold TEF award.
We are committed to creating apprenticeship programmes that fit with your business, not the other way round. Our programmes are flexible and ensure that the content studied reflects your business needs, ensuring your employees have the appropriate knowledge and skills to enhance your firm.
For some, a paralegal apprenticeship will be a route to a career as a paralegal. For others, it will be a step on a progression route that may begin with a legal or business administration apprenticeship and may ultimately progress to a solicitor apprenticeship. In other cases progression may be to a non-legal role and other apprenticeships in areas such as accountancy, team leading or HR.
|Support for candidates and firms through the recruitment process. Our team has many years of experience of placing apprentices with supportive employers.|
|Support for supervisors and managers. Having an apprentice is a fantastic development opportunity but supervisors may have questions and concerns, both prior to and during the programme.|
|Regular 1:1 support for apprentices delivered via face to face tutorials/assessment visits in the workplace.|
|A proactive and supportive approach to the well-being of apprentices. Good communication and working in partnership with employers allows problems to be managed and resolved swiftly.|
Our apprenticeships are designed to meet business need. The objective is competence, not simply academic qualifications, with staff needing wider business and commercial skills alongside legal and practice knowledge
We offer a suite of different apprenticeships that can be matched to most entry-level and support roles within the legal sector. Where an employer has a specialist requirement that we do not currently offer, we have a network of providers that we work with (in areas such as PR and IT, for example).
- Solicitor Apprenticeship - Level 7
- Paralegal Apprenticeship - Level 3*
- Business Administration - Level 3*
- Legal Administration - Level 3*
- Conveyancing Technician Apprenticeship - Level 4*
- Licensed Conveyancer Apprenticeship - Level 6*
*Delivered by our partner Damar Training. Please click here for details of these apprenticeships.
Where Do You Find an Apprentice?
Employing an apprentice is just like employing any other member of staff; they only become an apprentice once they have signed up onto an apprenticeship programme with a Training Provider. We offer a full recruitment service to help you find the best candidates, and can assist you as much or as little as you like with your recruitment and implementation needs. Please get in touch to discuss the packages available to support you.
- If you already have an employee who you think would be interested/suitable, you could approach them to see if they would be willing to carry out an apprenticeship.
- If you have contracted with ULaw to deliver the qualifications within an apprenticeship we can arrange for an advert to be placed on the National Apprenticeship Service website https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL APPRENTICESHIP SALARY?
This depends on the employer. Typical salaries range from £15,000-25,000 per annum dependant on experience and the employer’s circumstances.
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds; £7.05 for anyone aged 21 to 24 and £7.50 for those over 25. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
If you employ an apprentice under 25 you will be exempt from paying their Employer National Insurance Contribution.
This is a rigorous and structured programme providing the opportunity for both new and existing staff to qualify as a solicitor.
Apprentices will undertake the solicitor appprenticeship standard Level 7.
- The expected duration of the solicitor apprenticeship for post-A level entrants is six to seven years.
- 3 A levels, grades CCC or equivalent and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English. We can work with you to raise the entry criteria if you wish.
- Must be an EU national**
- Work at their main place of work in England
- Have appropriate prior academic or vocational experience
*Non law graduates are eligible for the solicitor apprenticeship programme. From May 2017, non-law graduates will also be eligible for funding for level 3 (advanced) apprenticeships such as the paralegal apprenticeship standard and the advanced apprenticeship in legal administration.
**Non-EU nationals are eligible in some cases.
Mode of Study
- A blended learning model - students study online independently, following detailed guidance, and are supervised by a tutor. Independent study is based around a very similar range of learning media as that for the Attendance Mode of study. This includes video clips, textbooks, primary and secondary materials, precedents and other documents and tests (allowing online self-assessment with feedback and monitoring by the supervising tutor)
- Dedicated tutor-assessor comes to the office every 10-11 weeks for 1:1 tutorials & progress reviews. Assessors and tutors are available by phone, email or Skype
- This model allows the employer and apprentice greater control over the time, place and pace of their study. You will be able to closely monitor student progress via our e-portfolio system. This system enables you to track each time training is undertaken or an assessment decision is made
- This is supplemented by live webinars and face to face skills and employability skills sessions which take place in groups in the allocated ULaw campus.
- Students will study towards the award of an LLB in Legal Practice and Skills.
- Students will also work toward the SRA's new centralised assessment. The proposed assessment, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) will be sat in two parts.
- Apprentices will undertake study towards the two assessments, and will sit SQE 1 in the penultimate year of study, and SQE 2 in the final year of study. From year 3 onwards apprentices will also prepare a work-based portfolio of evidence.
|Year||Solicitor Apprenticeship leading to the award of LLB Legal Practice and Skills|
|1||Legal Method and Ethics
Equity and Trusts
|4||Law of Organisations
Criminal Litigation and Evidence Actions
Wills and Succession
|6||Interviewing and Advocacy
How Much Does It Cost?
The programme costs £27,000. (This cost assumes an end point assessment fee of £2,700). All or most of the fees are funded by the government, or from your levy funds if you are a levy payer. This fee incorporates all course materials.
This is a new and innovative programme, specially developed for employers. It combines the foundation level knowledge required for a new entrant into a legal office with the greater technical rigour expected of a junior lawyer. The pace of the programme will also allow you to review apprentices’ progress before deciding which apprentices complete the additional content.
The programme utilises staff and resources from Damar and the University of Law. The paralegal apprenticeship is designed so that it can be tailored to the role undertaken by the apprentice and skills required, not the other way around.
- The expected duration of the paralegal apprenticeship for post-A level entrants is two years.
- 2 A levels, grades CC or equivalent and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English. We can work with you to raise the entry criteria if you wish
- Must be a EU national.*
- Work at their main place of work in england
- Have appropriate prior academic or vocational experience
*Non-EU nationals are eligible in some cases.
Mode of Study
One to One and small group tutor-led delivery either in the workplace or University campus, complemented by online resources, remote tutor support and self-study. There is also the opportunity to create an online tutorial group for your national cohort to allow them to interact with one another.
Each apprentice has a dedicated tutor-assessor who remains with them throughout the apprenticeship. The tutor takes the lead on managing the programme with the apprentice and their supervisor and carries out regular progress reviews. Subject specialists provide additional support where appropriate.
The Law and Practice content of the apprenticeship can consist of a mixture of CILEx accredited and/or The University of Law validated content. Examples of CILEx modules are:
- Law of contract
- Land law
These can be supplemented in the final 6 months by University of Law practice modules. An example is set out below based on and law and real estate content:
|Year 1||Introduction to Law & Practice||Client Care||Skills Development|
|6 months||Externally marked exam - CILEx Level 3||Asessor marked|
|Land Law*||Legal Research||Skills Development|
|12 months||Externally marked exam - CILEx Level 3||Assessor marked|
|Year 2||Real Estate*||Skills Development|
|6 months||ULaw certified exam||Assessor marked|
|Final Portfolio of Work||Scenario Based Tests|
|12 months||Externally marked exam - CILEx Level 3. Additional ULaw certificate for credits at level 4|
How Much Does It Cost?
The programme costs £9000. All or most of the fees are funded by the government, or from your levy funds if you are a levy payer. This fee incorporates all course materials.