What is an Apprenticeship?
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Apprenticeships are ideal for younger people starting out on 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.
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services (Level 3) comprises both on and off the job elements which lead to nationally recognised qualifications which are awarded by CILEx.
Trailblazer Apprenticeships on the other hand have no requirement for the learner to study for a qualification and instead there is an end point assessment.
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:
Please note that the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services will be discontinued in 2018 and will be superseded by the new Apprenticeship in Law (Paralegal) and Apprenticeship in Law (Chartered Legal Executive).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:
Standards for the new Apprenticeship in Law (Paralegal) and Apprenticeship in Law (Chartered Legal Executive) were introduced in 2016:
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:
The assessment plans for the Apprenticeships in Law (Paralegal) and the Apprenticeship in Law (Chartered Legal Executive), including the requirements for the end point assessment can be viewed here:
For more information about the Apprenticeships listed above please contact our membership team: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01234 845777.
What is the difference between the traditional CILEx route and the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services or Paralegal and Chartered Legal Executive Trailblazer Apprenticeships?
CILEx’s 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 legal environment who either want to become a Chartered Legal Executive 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 younger 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.
Legal Services Apprenticeship
An Apprentice completing the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services does not directly study CILEx’s Professional qualifications. They will study CILEx’s Legal Services qualifications, which have been specially developed to meet the needs of the Apprentices. These consist of an ‘on the job’ competence qualification and the choice of a range of ‘off the job’ knowledge qualifications. Paralegal Trailblazer Apprenticeship
An apprentice completing the Paralegal Trailblazer Apprenticeship will not necessarily study qualifications as part of their apprenticeship. They will however have regular training from an Apprenticeship training provider. Their programme of learning will be developed and agreed by their employer and the Apprenticeship training provider. So each apprentices experience will be different but the training programme could include recognised qualifications such as those offered by CILEx.
Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship
An apprentice completing the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship will complete the level 3 and level 6 CILEx Professional qualifications (or certain alternatives such as a qualifying law degree) as part of the Apprenticeship. In addition they will be required to pass an end point assessment at the end of their Apprenticeship.