Manchester law firm launches legal apprenticeship scheme

Manchester law firm DWF has announced that it is to launch a new legal apprenticeship scheme in September.

The firm says it will create 18 new legal apprenticeship positions as part of a partnership with educational provider, BPP University Law school.

DWF has offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool, and it has said it will distribute the roles across its network in order to make it a geographically diverse scheme for its potential apprentices.

The two-year course will be offered across both the firm’s commercial and insurance teams and will give students the opportunity to work towards a level-three trailblazer paralegal apprenticeship.

Offering students a real chance

Kirsty Rogers, executive partner at DWF Manchester, said: “Young people in Manchester are increasingly looking for alternative ways to start their careers without going down the traditional university path, and these rigorous apprenticeships will offer students from a wide variety of backgrounds the opportunity to break into the legal sector and gain valuable qualifications.

“DWF was an early supporter of apprenticeships, having had over 20 young people undertake an apprenticeship with the business since 2012, seven of whom remain in the business today, and we remain fully committed to further developing our programme.

“We firmly believe in inclusive recruitment practices and are confident that by offering apprenticeships to students in Manchester who demonstrate both practical and academic skills, we will attract and retain the widest variety of talented young people for these roles.”

DWF has said that students taking part in the scheme  will also be able to work towards a Certificate in Higher Education, a qualification equivalent to the first year of a  degree, which they can do alongside the apprenticeship.