Addleshaw Goddard continues to facilitate alternative pathways into law with the launch of its new Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme, which offers ambitious individuals an alternative route to becoming fully qualified solicitors, whilst working as part of the firm's innovative Transaction Services Team (TST).

Delivered in conjunction with BPP University Law School, the six year programme leads to an LLB (Hons) degree awarded by BPP University, and, following assessment by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), registered qualification as a solicitor. The programme combines funded part-time study and extensive in-house training, with each apprentice to rotate across multiple practice areas in a salaried role.

Due to join the firm's regional offices in September 2017, the apprentices will be embedded within the pioneering TST, a 134-strong team of paralegals and managers, which was introduced in 2010 to offer an enterprising alternative to the conventional delivery of standardised process by law firms, and more efficient processing of assignments for clients, through developments such as the cutting-edge application of technology and AI.

The launch of the programme consolidates AG's long established commitment to apprenticeship initiatives; the firm won 'Newcomer of the Year award' in the Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards following the launch of its legal apprenticeship scheme in 2013, and has since recruited multiple cohorts of legal and business services apprentices.

Gun Judge, Head of Resourcing at AG and chair of the Trailblazers Legal Committee, helped to develop the government's new Apprenticeship Standards which, for the first time, enable Higher and Degree apprenticeships to reach level 7 (masters level).

Mike Potter, Head of the Transaction Services Team at AG, said: "As a firm, we are committed to redesigning the way legal work is done, and passionate about providing a different approach to attracting, retaining and developing great people. We see apprenticeships as an invaluable opportunity for harnessing talent.

"The solicitor programme is standout in giving the apprentices immediate experience of the workplace, and is an excellent alternative to the traditional university route to qualification. It will shape the future of careers in the legal sector."

Tricia Chatterton, Director of Legal Apprenticeships at BPP University Law School, said: "We’re delighted to be working with Addleshaw Goddard during a time which is pivotal for the apprenticeships market. At BPP University Law School, we’re committed to training and preparing the next generation of successful lawyers and by introducing new, innovative pathways into the legal profession, this will only help to bring through talented individuals who can really make a difference for their firms."

The Addleshaw Goddard Solicitor Apprenticeship programme will open for applications later this month. For the application criteria and further details of how to apply, see the AG website.