As we celebrate the 17th annual National Apprenticeship Week, we at MJP Conveyancing are excited to join the nation in recognising the transformative power of apprenticeships for individuals and businesses alike. We’re especially proud to highlight our new apprenticeship program and the strides our three current apprentices have made.

In the past, those aspiring to become lawyers typically earned a law degree at university before gaining practical experience through a trainee program while completing their qualifications via the Legal Practice Course (LPC). 

However, we acknowledge that this traditional route may not be suitable for everyone. With this in mind, we’re delighted to see the legal industry offering more diverse pathways, such as apprenticeships, for people to begin and advance their careers.

In the previous year, MJP Conveyancing took a significant leap forward by introducing legal apprenticeships. This initiative allowed Courtney Evans, Caitlin Jolly, and Aedan Crosswell to start their apprenticeship journey.

An apprenticeship is a paid job that provides practical experience in a specific role. At least 20% of an apprentice’s working hours are dedicated to classroom-based learning with a college, university, or training provider. Upon successful completion and formal assessment, an apprentice earns a nationally recognized qualification.

For example, the solicitor apprenticeship in England can take up to six years to complete, depending on any previous qualifications held by the candidate. Those completing the Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship might be given the opportunity to enrol and complete the final four years, pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), and qualify as a solicitor.

Courtney Evans, one of our conveyancing apprentices, shares her experience:
 “Apprenticeships offer a unique blend of hands-on experience and academic training. It’s an excellent platform for learning and growth. The chance to earn while you learn and gain practical insights into your chosen field is invaluable. I’m excited about the journey ahead.”

David Pett, Director at MJP Conveyancing, shares the impact of introducing apprenticeships to the firm: 
“Apprenticeships are becoming a crucial part of our workforce. They allow us to recruit individuals with the right skills and support them in gaining first-hand experience in their desired role and sector. This mutual growth fosters a motivated team dedicated to helping MJP develop.”

David continues: “Whether through our trainee program, apprenticeships, or other qualification routes like CILEX, we are thrilled to offer individuals more choice and flexibility to enter law in a way that suits their personal circumstances. This is beneficial not only for our firm but for the industry as a whole.” We’re excited about the future of apprenticeships at MJP Conveyancing and eagerly anticipate contributing to the development of the next generation of legal professionals.

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