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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is An Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is an on-the-job training programme combining practical training with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Obtain a recognised qualification
  • Earn a wage
  • Get off-the-job training and time allocated for your studies

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How Is The Work And Study Supervised?

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

Your academic training will be overseen by a training provider. CILEx Law School is the training provider for the Business Administration, Paralegal and Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeships. The Sheffield College is the training provider for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) apprenticeship.

The training provider will also assess your progress in developing the workplace skills, or competences, to the standards required by the apprenticeship.

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What Are The Benefits Of An Apprenticeship?

You may have heard the phrase 'earn while you learn' being used with apprenticeships 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 this. You earn a salary, gain a qualification and gain valuable work experience all at the same time.

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Are There Any Minimum Qualification Requirements?

Yes, the minimum requirements are as follows:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C for the Business Administrator and AAT Apprenticeships*
  • 3 Cs or above at A Level for the Paralegal Apprenticeship
  • Completion of the Paralegal Apprenticeship, an Advanced Apprenticeship or a Law degree for the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship
  • You need to be a UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least 3 years
  • You'll need to be 16 by the time you start your apprenticeship

*If using the numbered grading system, this corresponds to 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4. For more information on how these grades are changing, visit the gov.uk website.

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

Apprenticeships are open to anyone if the content of the programme means that they will 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. In this case, you’ll be exempt from studying the law subject modules of the apprenticeship - you’ll only need to study the legal practice and professional skills modules.

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When Will I Be Given Time For My Studies?

You’ll be given half or one day per week for your studies during term-time – this varies depending upon the apprenticeship and qualification you are undertaking. We work closely with the training provider to ensure you’re progressing and will achieve the required standards by the end of your apprenticeship.

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How Much Will I Get Paid?

All our apprentices have a starting salary of £18,109 in London and £15,743 in our other offices. This is reviewed in July each year.

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How Long Will My Contract Be For?

Your contract will be a fixed-term contract, depending on the apprenticeship you choose:

  • The Association of Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship is for 12 months
  • The Business Administration Apprenticeship is for 18 months
  • The Paralegal Apprenticeship is for 24 months
  • The Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship is for 5 years

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What Happens When I Finish My Apprenticeship?

We would expect to offer you a permanent job in the role you’ve trained in.

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How Do I Apply?

You can apply on our careers page between 5th March and 9th April 2018, by submitting your CV and answering a few questions regarding your interest in apprenticeships. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in June. For the paralegal and Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeships, there is an additional stage of a video interview in May.

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What If I Have Further Questions?

If you have any further questions, please send these to IMApprenticeships@IrwinMitchell.com.

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