Kennedys and Damar Training team up on legal apprenticeships

Kennedys, a top 30 international law firm, has announced the launch of the Kennedys Legal Apprenticeship Programme in partnership with Damar Training. Apprentices will complete a legal-specific apprenticeship designed to act as a springboard into a successful career in the world of law.

Damar Training is to provide training and assessment for the new apprenticeship programme which will offer school-leavers with good A levels (or equivalent) the opportunity to join Kennedys as legal administrators.

The three year apprenticeship programme is made up of two phases. The first phase is an introductory one year intermediate apprenticeship offering individuals the chance to familiarise themselves with the legal world, carrying out administration and office duties while building their legal knowledge.

That will be followed by a two year advanced apprenticeship focused on immersing individuals into legal work, assisting on cases and developing expertise in their area of law.

Apprenticeship places are available in Manchester, Sheffield, Chelmsford, London and Maidstone from September 2012.

Further information about the apprenticeship, including the job description and how to apply, can be found on Kennedys website.

Kennedys is recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading dispute resolution firm with nine UK and nine global offices in Aukland, Belfast, Birmingham, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Dubai, Dublin, Hong King, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Maidstone, Manchester, Miami, Sheffield, Singapore, Sydney and Taunton, as well as an active network of associate offices around the world.

Jonathan Bourne, managing director of Damar Training, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Kennedys to deliver apprenticeships and we look forward to working with Kennedys and the apprentices when the programme begins in September 2012.

The development of an apprenticeship pathway for the legal sector is something we have been heavily involved with in partnership with the sector skills body, Skills for Justice and others. It is great to see a large, influential firm such as Kennedys backing apprenticeships - these are fantastic opportunities for young people that offer a real alternative to the traditional academic pathway. ”

In the three months to the end of December, 191 people were enrolled as apprentices by Damar Training, which currently has apprentices with more than 140 organisations, including more than 30 employers in the legal sector.

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