Taylor Wessing is launching its inaugural ‘Pathfinder Programme’ in September 2017.
The programme is an apprenticeship scheme which is aimed at candidates who may otherwise have difficulty entering the legal profession because of traditional barriers to entry. These include factors like academic performance, economic circumstances and family background. There will be four openings, with two apprentices training as paralegals and two training within the firm’s business services.
The two paralegals will train in the Employment & Pensions and ITTC teams respectively. One business services apprentice will join the firm’s Talent & Marketing team, whilst the other will join the Communications team.
The two-year paralegal scheme will provide the apprentices with a CILEX Level 3 Diploma in providing Legal Services (Competence) and a CILEX Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Knowledge/Technical Qualification).
The eighteen-month business services scheme will provide the apprentices will be provided either a CIM or CIPD qualification.
At the end of both schemes, Taylor Wessing will endeavour to permanently employ the apprentices.
To qualify for the scheme, candidates must meet one of the PRIME criteria, which means that they must either:
• Be state school educated; or
• Receive free school meals; or
• Be the first generation of their family on course to attend university; or
• Attend a school where an above average rate of students are eligible for free school meals.
The apprentices will work four days a week in the Taylor Wessing office and spend one day a week studying for their relevant qualification.
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