Professional apprenticeships on the rise


BBP Law School will develop a legal apprenticeship programme

Skills minister, Matthew Hancock, has announced that from next year, an increased number of professional apprenticeships will be available in sectors such as advanced engineering, accountancy and law. These will give qualifications at graduate and postgraduate level, making “vocational learning an attractive alternative to the traditional higher education route”.

One of the training providers will be BBP Law School, which, along with Skills for Justice, will develop a legal apprenticeship programme to train solicitors. To encompass these changes, the government will include “level six” and “level seven” apprenticeships in an extension of the statutory Specification of Apprentices Standards for England (SASE).

James Hammill, BPP director of professional apprenticeships says: “We are committed to improving social mobility and diversity in the workplace by opening up some of the most prestigious professions and employers to school leavers as an alternative to the traditional route. Apprenticeships are an excellent way for employers to recruit talent early and design a structured training programme that incorporates technical learning as well as invaluable work-based skills.”