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Law firm expands apprentice scheme as interest surges

8 January 2013

A further four aspiring lawyers will join law firm Browne Jacobsons new apprenticeship scheme this week after a surge of interest since the scheme was first launched late last year.

The four new apprentices, all from Nottinghamshire will join the six recruits who joined the scheme back in September 2012.

Phoebe Harpham and Sophia Atkin join from Stephen Burdon Solicitors and Fiddler & Pepper Solicitors in Ashfield respectively. Phoebe has completed her Level 2 in Business Administration whilst Sophia has passed her Level 2 in both Business Administration and Customer Service. They are being joined by Ellis Thompson who has recently completed her A levels whilst school leaver Callum Barrett has relocated from Catterick Barracks to Nottingham.

Browne Jacobsons apprenticeship scheme has been set up in partnership with West Nottinghamshire College as well as CILEx Law School, the wholly owned college of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

The new cohort will join the firms Technical Claims and Clinical Negligence teams providing a range of business support functions. In addition CILEx Law School, in partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, will take the apprentices through the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration. The training element will be supplemented with additional legal specific from CILExs Level 3 qualifications to include for example the law of tort and civil litigation.

Browne Jacobson is one of a handful of national firms that have developed their own apprenticeship scheme for young people keen to pursue a career in the legal sector. The firm is currently considering extending the scheme to its Birmingham office in 2013.

The growth of the scheme comes as the Government is campaigning to encourage young people to consider high quality professional apprenticeships in areas such as law, finance and accountancy as an economically attractive alternative to going to university. The number of young people heading to university fell by 57,000 this autumn amid concerns over rising tuition fees.

Susan Mabbott, Partner at Browne Jacobson, said:

"We are delighted with the success of the scheme to date and we are very proud of the progress our apprentices are making in their roles and the value they are adding to our teams. The interest from young people across the county has been tremendous since we first launched the scheme and we are keen to expand it by taking on a further four new apprentices."

Legal Services Manager, Sally Swift, who is leading the project, said:

"As a local employer we are committed to giving young people new opportunities to work towards a successful career in the legal sector and are looking forward to expanding the scheme to some of our other offices in the near future."

Apprentice Phoebe Harpham said:

"The training and qualification element of any apprenticeship scheme is really important. The firms strong partnership with CILEx and commitment to sponsoring apprentices in gaining ILEX qualifications was particularly attractive and convinced me it was too good an opportunity to miss."

Callum Barrett added:

"For the first time young people have a real alternative to going to university thanks to schemes such as these. Nothing can beat the combination of studying towards a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining invaluable work experience."

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