In September 2014 we launched the first of our apprenticeship programmes. We recognised the importance of creating alternative routes into the profession for those who wanted to get their first foot on the career ladder sooner rather than later. We also wanted to develop our own home grown talent to ensure a continued pipeline of paralegals and future lawyers.
Our well established Paralegal Apprenticeship runs over two years. You’ll work within our paralegal team, giving you access to a wide range of clients and types of work. Our legal apprenticeship offers school leavers and those who choose not to go to University the opportunity to gain formal legal qualifications and a role in the profession through paid, on-the-job training as an apprentice paralegal.
Our legal apprenticeship scheme has been hugely successful. We’re proud to have been recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship. For more information about the programme please take a look at our website.
The legal profession has continued to embrace apprenticeships as an alternative route to law and 2016 saw the launch of the first solicitor apprenticeship programme. This is a 6 year programme taking you through from A-Level to qualification as a solicitor, without the need to attend university full-time.
We recognise that university life isn’t for everyone, and we wanted to create an opportunity for those who thought a career in law might not be attainable.
Our solicitor apprenticeship launched in Newcastle, September 2017, with three apprentices. Since then we have recruited a further two apprentices in Newcastle and one in Southampton. Recruitment is on going with Bristol recruiting their first Solicitor Apprentice this summer.
There are some great careers available within a law firm; our business couldn’t operate without the highly talented support teams who provide expert advice in HR, IT, Business Development, Facilities Management, Finance to name a few. We have launched apprenticeship in HR, IT, Facilities Management and Secretarial Services.
Womble Bond Dickinson is fully committed to opening up new routes to our profession, ensuring our people all benefit from the fantastic development opportunities available to them, and apprenticeships are just one more way for us to do that.