Law firm Cripps has announced the launch of an apprenticeship scheme for paralegals at its Tunbridge Wells office.
In partnership with BPP University Law School, Cripps has recruited four paralegal apprentices for its two year pilot programme. The successful candidates – Rosie Harvey, Kiran Kajendran, Charlotte Spendley and Lauren Manwaring – will complete the BPP Paralegal Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, a qualification designed to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge needed for a career in law.
Emma Brooks, head of human resources at Cripps commented: “We have been looking into offering apprenticeships for a little while and are delighted to be working with BPP on this initiative. Apprenticeships are a great route for talented, ambitious students, who want to work in law but have perhaps decided against going down the traditional university route. This programme is designed to give students the practical experience and knowledge they require to build a long-term successful career.”
In one of the first schemes of its kind in Kent, apprentices will work with – and learn from – the firm’s paralegal team, experiencing a broad variety of legal work across real estate, corporate, and private client.
Managing partner, Gavin Tyler, added: “This is a really exciting new initiative for us, and we are proud to be one of the first firms in Kent to offer this type of programme. We received some outstanding applications from high quality local candidates and it was difficult to narrow this down to just four. Apprenticeships offer a credible alternative to university and we are looking forward to working with our new recruits as they develop their legal skills.”
Cripps has offices in Tunbridge Wells, London and Kings Hill.