Apprentices are often associated with trades such as carpentry or building.
But a Banbury solicitors, Brethertons, has been taking on legal apprentices for 13 years in a number of areas of law.
The company is enthusiastically supporting this week’s National Apprentice Week.
This is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and their positive impact on individuals, businesses and the economy.
Traditionally, the route into law has been simple – gain a degree, complete the legal practice course and search for a training contract before being admitted as a solicitor – a tough and expensive process.
Shaun Jardine, Brethertons’ CEO, said: “It seems as though there are more and more law schools churning out potential solicitors and less and less firms offering training contracts, which is why we are so excited about our apprenticeship programme.
“We have a number of apprentices studying law and business administration, all bright young people who have passed their A levels.”Shaun Jardine, Brethertons’ CEO
“We have a number of apprentices studying law and business administration, all bright young people who have passed their A levels.
“All being well, they should continue their studies to qualify as lawyers through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) or as managers in due course.”
Brethertons is currently recruiting for a litigation apprentice in the property management team in Banbury. Jack Seager, former apprentice and now office services team leader at Brethertons, said: “I started my apprenticeship at Brethertons because I could learn on the job.
“It’s good to be part of a team working with people who can help me to build up my knowledge.”
In 2014 Brethertons was named in the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.