- Client care skills
- Introduction to Law and Practice
- Contract Law
- Civil Litigation
Apprentices also study:
- Functional skills
- Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)
- Employee Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
Duration and Delivery
Joseph joined South London Legal Partnership as a Legal Apprentice in October 2014. He had completed A Levels at Nightingale Academy in Law, Media and French and gained Level 3 qualifications in Law and Science alongside these.
Joseph was all set to pursue a career in Law via a degree at Surrey University but having heard about a Legal Apprenticeship opportunity, with South London Legal Partnership which included studying for formal qualifications at Kingston College, he decided to apply for this. When he was offered the Apprenticeship he weighed up the benefits of each pathway and felt that the Apprenticeship would lead him to the same final qualification in the legal profession whilst giving him diverse practical experience of a range of different areas of law. Joseph would also be earning a wage whilst studying rather than taking out Student Finance loans.
Joseph currently spends a day at Kingston College every fortnight and one evening every week completing the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Legal Services. This gives him the opportunity to step back from the hectic day to day practical element of working in a busy legal department, to focus on the theoretical concepts of law. The course at College also incorporates a number of trips including the Houses of Parliament, law firms, Legal London including Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court and Supreme Courts.
When he has completed the Legal Apprenticeship, Joseph hopes to continue with the CILEx Level 6 course to qualify as a Legal Executive and from there to take an MA, then to qualify as a solicitor. Ultimately his ambition is to combine being a lawyer with being a retail business owner.
Joseph says of his experience to date: “The College tutors are very helpful and supportive, the lessons are enjoyable, I learn a lot in the time that I have. The lessons are always well organised and sometimes we have law related discussions that help you think outside the box.
The firm where I work provides the legal services for a number Local Authorities. Working in the Property, Employment and Contracts Team for 4 ½ months has exposed me to a variety of areas of law at once, from drafting legal documents to attending court and getting involved with other legal matters. I am currently in the Litigation and Planning team. I would advise anyone wanting to join the legal sector to try and get some experience in the field because the practical side of law is very different to the theoretical side and an Apprenticeship is ideal as it provides experience of both.”
Information for Employers
The Apprenticeship framework is designed to meet the needs of employers and to provide a vocational pathway into a profession. Intermediate level apprentices will train in roles appropriate to their chosen profession, learning on the job practical skills working at a business four days and attending college one day every other week. The duration of an apprenticeship course is a minimum of 12 months.
All Apprenticeship frameworks are designed to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to perform their job role and to support their future progressions. Apprenticeships are an ideal way to help your business harness fresh new talent.
What do you need to know?
Apprenticeships can be suitable for either a new employee or an existing member of staff. They typically involve four days a week on the job training and one day a week at college. You will be responsible for the apprentice’s wages which, from October 2015, will be a mimimum of £132 per week.
What qualifications do we offer?
An Apprenticeship consists of:
- An appropriate-level Knowledge Certificate (usually level 2 or level 3).
- An NVQ practical qualification (usually level 2 or level 3).
- Functional Skills qualification (if the candidate has not previously achieved a GCSE grade C in English and Maths).
- Employee Rights & Responsibilities
- Personal learning and thinking skills
We can help you by
- Explaining the way Apprenticeships work
- Providing a dedicated assessor to perform workplace assessments
- Supporting your new and existing staff into Apprenticeships, subject to eligibility
- Providing a free recruitment service to help you find the right apprentice for your organisation
- Facilitating your application for the Employer Grant
16-18 year olds are fully funded by the College
For those aged 19+ an Employer Contribution will be required
An Employer Grant of £1,500 is available for those eligible