Law firm pioneers apprenticeship programme

Gordon Brown Law Firm, which has offices in Chester-le-Street and Newcastle, will deliver the programme to two aspiring lawyers aged 18 to 24. Created by Damar Training, the programme combines a paid job with the specific training, assessment and study to help achieve adequate skills. At the end of the placement, apprentices will have acquired a nationally recognised legal qualification, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). Deb Tweedy, HR manager at Gordon Brown, said: "Apprenticeships are generally only available to support younger people and those without qualifications higher than A Level – however the Damar programme is open to all ages and credentials, and actually allows the apprentices to follow a career path which will afford them with the relevant skills and experience that are closely linked to the industry and the needs of the client. "North East unemployment figures are still a big challenge and we should not underestimate the youth employment situation. "Here at Gordon Brown Law Firm we plan to work with local schools and colleges to support the regional economy and encourage a generation of youngsters to aim for a career in law."

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