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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is An Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training programme that mixes practical training with academic study.

Your exact tasks will depend on which apprenticeship you choose, but as an apprentice you will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Develop job-specific skills
  • Get a recognised qualification
  • Earn a wage
  • Have time for off-the-job training and study.

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What Support Will I Get?

You’ll be supervised at work by your day-to-day manager or supervisor. They’ll monitor your work and generally guide you during your apprenticeship.

A training provider will oversee your academic training. CILEx Law School oversees the Business Administration, Paralegal and Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeships. The Sheffield College oversee the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) apprenticeship.

Your training provider will also monitor your progress as you develop the workplace skills needed for your qualification.

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Why Do An Apprenticeship?

You may have heard the phrase 'earn while you learn' and that is one of the main benefits of an apprenticeship.

If you’re eager to start work but also want to continue your studies, an apprenticeship allows you to do both. You earn a salary, gain a qualification, and gain valuable work experience all at the same time.

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What Qualifications Do I Need?

The qualifications you need depend on which apprenticeship you want to do:

  • Business Adminstration & AATT apprenticeships - Five GCSEs at grades A*-C (or grade 9-4 on the numbered system)
  • Paralegal Apprenticeship - Three Cs or above at A Level
  • Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship - A completed Paralegal Apprenticeship, Advanced Apprenticeship, or Law degree.

You’ll also need to be…

  • A UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least three years
  • Age 16 by the time you start your apprenticeship.

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Can I Do An Apprenticeship If I Already Have A Degree?

Our apprenticeships are open to anyone if they’ll be learning a substantially new skill. So, if you have a degree in History, for example, you’d be eligible to apply for any of the programmes we offer.

If you have a Law degree, you can apply for the Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship. You wouldn’t have to study the law subject modules of the apprenticeship - only the legal practice and professional skills modules

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When Will I Get Time To Study?

You’ll either get a half or a full day per week to study during term time, depending on which apprenticeship you do.

We work closely with your training provider to help you progress and achieve the standards needed to earn your qualification.

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How Much Will I Earn?

You’ll have a starting salary of £16,289 or £18,928 if you’re at our London office. We’ll then review your salary in July each year.

You’ll also have access to our employee benefits.

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How Long Will My Contract Be For?

The length of your fixed-term contract depends on the apprenticeship you choose:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship - 12 months
  • Business Administration Apprenticeship - 18 months
  • Paralegal Apprenticeship - 24 months
  • Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship - 5 years.

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What Happens When I Finish My Apprenticeship?

Your apprenticeship is your first step on a fulfilling career as a professional in your chosen area.

Many people accept full-time roles at Irwin Mitchell after completing their apprenticeship. We’ll help you develop your skills further and you’ll have opportunities to advance to more senior positions.

You can also continue your studies, for example by starting the Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship after qualifying as a paralegal.

Wherever your career takes you, you’ll have an industry-recognised qualification and training from one of the UK’s top law firms as proof of your skills and knowledge.

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How Do I Apply?

You can apply for 2019 apprenticeships on our careers page between 5th March and 9th April 2018, by submitting your CV and answering a few questions about yourself.

We’ll then invite a shortlist of candidates to an assessment centre in June. For the paralegal and Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeships, there’s also a video interview in May.

If your application moves through to the assessment centre or video interview stages, we’ll be in touch with further details about what you can expect and how to prepare.

If your application is unsuccessful this time around, you can apply again in the future.

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What If I Have More Questions?

We’re happy to answer any other questions you might have about our apprenticeships. Email us at IMApprenticeships@IrwinMitchell.com and we’ll be in touch..

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