Baker & McKenzie launches legal administration apprenticeships
Leading global law firm Baker & McKenzie has launched its first Legal Administration Apprenticeship programme and will be recruiting six school leavers to follow the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration, delivered by CILEx Law School. The apprentices will be based in the Firm's London office and will rotate through six departments during a two-year period, ensuring exposure to a wide range of specialisms.
During this time, they will complete the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration with the opportunity to progress to CILEx Level 3 training thereafter. The Firm will initially hire three apprentices to join in September 2016 with a further three to join in September 2017.
Baker & McKenzie Inclusion & Diversity Partner Sarah Gregory said: "Baker & McKenzie has a number of work experience programmes in place for year 12 students. We have met some extremely bright young people through these programmes, some of whom have taken the decision to start their career immediately after their A-Levels. The apprenticeship initiative now gives us a route through which we can harness some of that talent for the benefit of the business, while contributing to our social mobility commitments.”
The Intermediate Apprenticeship is a new and innovative alternative to higher education. The successful candidates will join a two year programme which will enable them to develop the legal administration and business skills necessary for a career in the legal industry whilst completing a formal qualification.
Jenny Pelling, Business Director at CILEx Law School, said: “Baker & McKenzie's apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity for young people to begin their careers with a global law firm, without taking on any student debt. We look forward to assisting them on their journey.”
Baker & McKenzie is committed to promoting and broadening access to the legal profession. The Firm's Social Mobility network, BakerOpportunity, has actively contributed to a range of office wide and external initiatives aimed at providing information and opportunities to students from less privileged backgrounds. In November 2014, the Firm was selected by the Government alongside eleven of the UK's leading businesses to be a Social Mobility Compact Champion. In May 2015, Baker & McKenzie became Contextual Recruitment Pioneers and were among the very first group of employers to Partner with Rare Recruitment on their Contextual Recruitment System.
BakerOpportunity was formed in 2011 and is chaired by Partners Daniel Ellis and Arron Slocombe together with Senior Associate Tristan Grimmer.