Worldwide legislation agency DLA Piper has launched a six-year apprenticeship programme geared toward coaching school-leavers to grow to be certified solicitors.

The brand new apprenticeship will begin from September 2021 and be primarily based in DLA Piper’s Manchester workplace. It can provide school-leavers the chance to earn whereas working in the direction of a legislation diploma and the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

The apprenticeship will comprise 4 days of on-the-job work expertise and at some point allotted for examine every week, the agency has acknowledged. Apprentices will rotate via DLA’s follow teams and sectors for 6- and 12-month intervals, with shopper and worldwide secondment alternatives to grow to be out there as they progress.

Upon completion of the programme, apprentices will qualify as solicitors with a stage 7 diploma apprenticeship.

DLA Piper has but to publicly reveal particulars of its SQE coaching companion. Additionally notable is that the brand new solicitor apprenticeship will run in parallel to the agency’s present coaching contract scheme, which focuses on graduates.

Earlier this 12 months, DLA Piper introduced an update to its diversity and inclusion goals. The agency intends to achieve a world feminine partnership of at the least 35% by 2025, constructing on its current 21% feminine partnership. It expects to double this to 40% by 2030.