Recruiting legal advice apprentices with Damar has brought new talent and skills into the organisation and has given us the chance to provide young people from local communities with training and employment opportunities.

Margaret Walsh | HR Director at Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau

Developed in partnership with the not-for-profit legal advice sector (including AdviceUK and Citizens Advice) the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Legal Advice are ideal for anyone whose job is to provide independent legal information, advice and representation to members of the public.

The apprenticeships are an exciting opportunity for employers to upskill existing staff and attract ambitious new talent into their organisations. Although employers are responsible for salary costs (there is a minimum duration of 12 months) and need to provide supervision and support, the external training and assessment is fully or partially funded by the Government.

At intermediate level, apprentices develop their communication skills and learn how to signpost clients as well as developing an understanding of how to find legal information materials and provide basic advice. At advanced level, apprentices will be training to work as caseworkers/legal advisers, managing client interviews and providing legal information and advice.

We can advise on the appropriate level and unit choices for a particular role, but the following links set out more detail on each apprenticeship:

Damar works with the legal advice sector across England. In Greater Manchester, The GM Apprenticeship Hub (a project supported by the GM Combined Authority and the Skills Funding Agency) supported Damar and partner employers to create at least 30 Advanced Apprenticeships in Legal Advice by September 2015.

To find out more about how apprenticeships can benefit your legal advice organisation, please call Jonathan Bourne, our Managing Director, or our business development team on 0161 480 8171 or email

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