Burges Salmon teams up with BPP University Law School for new Legal Apprenticeships
Five new Bristol apprentices have started their careers in law this week, after Burges Salmon teamed up with BPP University Law School to launch its new paralegal apprenticeship programme.
Burges Salmon joins a number of other leading law firms in adopting the new government-backed paralegal apprenticeship. The new recruits will undertake a two year programme at the firm’s Bristol office, training as a paralegal while working towards BPP University Law School’s Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services). On successful completion, there is the opportunity to progress to the Solicitor Apprenticeship, subject to business needs.
Robert Halton, chief people officer, at Burges Salmon, said the new apprenticeships are ‘an exciting development for the legal sector’ and will ‘develop skills for the future of our business and the legal sector.’
The new apprenticeship standard has been developed by a ‘trailblazer group’ of leading law firms, including Burges Salmon, to ensure that all students have the correct skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s legal services market.
Tricia Chatterton, director of legal apprenticeship programmes at BPP University Law School, said: “Burges Salmon is one of the first firms to implement this pioneering scheme, and recognise the range of benefits that apprentices can bring to its workforce.
“The new standards make sure that apprenticeships gain the right skills needed to have an impact at a company, and I’m sure the new starters will thrive at the firm.”