Apprenticeships are now rolling out to law firms. This could herald a change in approach to training professionals and some resulting changes in employment generally. Who will be next?
Mayer Brown is the first City firm to offer the new 'articled apprenticeship' programme which provides an alternative route to qualification. The programme includes a degree, postgraduate qualification, and recognised training for those who do not want to commit to full-time study. The new apprenticeship route takes advantages of changes to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations which allow wannabe solicitors to undertake an 'on-the-job' period of recognised training while studying for a qualifying law degree or legal practice course (LPC).