Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services
This legal apprenticeship has been developed by CILEx and is available in a number of legal practice areas. CILEx Law School delivers this programme to apprentices in organisations throughout England and Wales. This scheme is relevant for apprentices starting at any time up until September 2016, after which funding will move to the new Trailblazer paralegal apprenticeship.
Who is this apprenticeship for?
This apprenticeship is designed to offer high calibre school leavers a non-graduate route into a career as a paralegal. Legal apprenticeships offer a new approach to paralegal recruitment for employers in the legal services market.
The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services can also be a progression route from the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration, and a publicly-funded alternative to the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice for employees meeting the funding criteria.
What is involved?
All advanced apprenticeships are made up of three elements:
- A knowledge-based “technical certificate” to ensure that learners have the underpinning knowledge required by all paralegals as well as the specialist knowledge required for their area of practice. There is a choice of five practice areas to choose from. In each case the achievement of the specified units leads to the award of a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in the area of legal practice. The detail of each qualification is shown below. Four units must be selected in each case.
- A competence-based qualification (tested through workplace assessment) to ensure that learners understand their role and can carry out all aspects of their job to at least the level required by the nationally recognised standards of the qualification. These are based on the new national occupational standards developed by Skills for Justice and CILEx and completion of the tasks and assessment leads to the award of a CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services.
- Key skills (tested through exams) to ensure that learners have the skills required to do the job. In England these are called functional skills and cover maths, English and ICT. In Wales they are called essential skills and include communications, application of number and ICT. If they have good GCSEs in these subjects (Level C or above) achieved within the last 5 years it is likely they will be exempt from one or more of these elements. Most employers who are interested in employing apprentices will be looking for applicants who already have these skills.
How is the apprenticeship taught?
The various elements of the apprenticeship are taught in different ways. Learners work through a package of training and assessment designed to develop their skills to fulfill the competence elements of the programme. At the same time they gain legal knowledge through a programme of study developed specially for the apprenticeship by CILEx Law School.
Apprentices are appointed an assessor who provides them with a planned programme of activities to work through against a timetable. The assessor visits the apprentices in their workplace regularly to check on progress against the programme and to assist in the delivery of skills training. They also offer support on the study programme for the technical element of the apprenticeship.
How are the elements assessed?
The competence elements are assessed in the workplace. The technical certificate is assessed by coursework and unseen exams.
How long does it take?
It will take between 18 and 24 months to complete a Level 3 apprenticeship. The minimum term for all apprenticeships is one year.
How much does it cost?
Employers can draw down Government funding to assist in the cost of training non-graduates who are under 24 years of age. Those enrolling before their 19th birthday should be eligible to have the full cost of the training covered by government funds; for those aged 19-24 the rate is 50%. The rates are reduced for organisations with over 1,000 employees. Advanced learning loans are available for apprentices aged 24 or over. The advanced learning loan works in the same way as a student loan, with repayments only starting when earnings exceed £21,000 a year.The national minimum salary for apprentices is £3.50/hour, but most law firms will pay Level 3 apprentices with good A levels significantly above that.
Additionally, organisations who recruit an apprentice aged 16-24 can apply for a grant of £1,500 per appointment (£3,000 if London-based) for up to five apprentices to cover recruitment costs. Eligible employers are those with fewer than 50 employees who have never employed an apprentice before or who have not recruited one in the last twelve months.
We are happy to discuss with you the eligibility of potential candidates, and the likely level of employer contribution in each.
Read about funding through the European Social Fund in England and Wales.
How are candidates selected?
There is a minimum requirement of 3 A levels grade C or above though we will consider applications from other A level students with extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis.
What is the progression?
The CILEx units that make up the Knowledge Certificate can be used for progression to the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice which is the first stage of CILEx professional qualifications. Candidates can also progress through to the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship with exemptions.
How do I start the process?
If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Jenny Pelling, our Director of Business and Apprenticeships, on 01234 844326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please visit our vacancies page or contact email@example.com.