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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

What is an Apprenticeship?

Want to find out more? Why not watch our short video case study by lawyer-to-be Danielle Owen who undertook a legal apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are ideal for younger people starting out in a new career, an adult looking to make a career change, or an employee who would like to develop their skills and knowledge to gain a promotion. Apprenticeships are flexible and are designed to offer a structured programme of learning to fit around the needs of the individual and the employer.

Learning takes place mainly during employment through the development of ‘on the job’ skills. However there is an 'off the job' training element which usually takes place away from the immediate pressures of the job but on the employer's premises, or at a local college or a specialist training organisation, or through distance learning providers. This off-the-job training is usually done on day release or over a number of days in a block.

What is an Apprenticeship in Law?

CILEx currently offers the qualifications required to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services (Level 3) and is also an End Point Assessment Provider for the new Trailblazer Apprenticeships in Law:

  • Paralegal – Level 3
  • Chartered Legal Executive – Level 6. 

Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services (Level 3)        

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services is flexible and is designed to offer a structured programme of learning to fit around the needs of the individual and the employer.

You can find more about the qualifications that make up the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services here:

www.cilex.org.uk/study/legal_services_qualifications

Please note that the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services will be discontinued in 2018 and will be superseded by the new Apprenticeship in Law (Paralegal) and Apprenticeship in Law (Chartered Legal Executive).  The last date for new starts for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services will be 31 March 2018.

Apprenticeship in Law (Paralegal) and Apprenticeship in Law (Chartered Legal Executive)

‘Trailblazer Apprenticeships’ were introduced by the government in 2013.  The new apprenticeships are based on standards developed by employers, and feature an end point holistic assessment of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The end point assessment ensures that apprentices meet the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the relevant occupation.  You can find more information about the new apprenticeships here:

www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

Standards for the new Apprenticeship in Law (Paralegal) and Apprenticeship in Law (Chartered Legal Executive) were introduced in 2016: 

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/372474/LAW_Paralegal.ashx.pdf

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/372552/LAW_Chartered_Legal_Executive.ashx.pdf

The new Apprenticeships are employer driven, and are funded mainly by the employers themselves, although there is some government funding available.  Employers are able to choose a training provider to deliver training against the Apprenticeship standard in preparation for the end point assessment

Employers are also able to choose the end point assessment organisation (EPAO).  The EPAO cannot be the same organisation as the training provider.  CILEx has been approved as an EPAO to deliver the end point assessments for both the Paralegal standard and for the Chartered Legal Executive standard, and is listed on the government’s Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations www.gov.uk/government/publications/using-the-register-of-apprentice-assessment-organisations

Assessment plan for the Apprenticeships in Law - Paralegal www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/458228/Paralegal_apprenticeship_standard_assessment_plan.pdf

Assessment plan for the Apprenticeship in Law - Chartered Legal Executive www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/458227/CLE_Assessment_plan.pdf)

For more information about the Apprenticeships listed above please contact our membership team: email  membership@cilex.org.uk  or call 01234 845777.

What is the difference between the traditional CILEx route, the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services and Trailblazer Apprenticeships?

CILEx’s traditional professional qualifications (at levels 3 and 6) qualify learners to become Chartered Legal Executives. These qualifications are usually undertaken by individuals already working in a role in a legal office who want to become a CILEx Lawyer or just develop their understanding of the law and the way in which it is practised.

Apprenticeships in comparison are often (but not always) suited to people with less work experience.  This is because the training and support for apprentices is usually much greater than other methods of study.  For example most apprentices will be provided with a range of support from tutors, line managers, mentors etc.  This additional support helps apprentices to develop and accredit their understanding of the law and its practice, but also their workplace-based competencies (both personal and role-related)

In addition an apprentice will not pay for the study programme or any costs associated with an Apprenticeship.  These are instead covered by their employer and the government, although many employers will also contribute to or cover the costs of studying towards CILEx levels 3 and 6 professional qualifications for their existing employees.