Legal Apprenticeships expand in the Midlands with new appointment at Damar Training

Damar Training, the specialist legal apprenticeship provider, is expanding its geographical coverage with the appointment of Coventry-based Deborah Pymm. Deborah will be working with new and existing law firm customers of Damar in the region, helping them to train new and existing staff undertaking legal apprenticeships.

The new legal apprenticeship pathway allows firms to recruit ambitious new entrants and support them with a structured programme of training and assessment – from legal administrator right up to fully-fledged fee-earner. Thereafter progression via further study to Chartered Legal Executive and solicitor is possible. With Government funding for training and grants of £1,500 available in many cases, this is a highly cost-effective way for firms to develop new talent.

Deborah has a wealth of experience as a fee-earner in private practice where she has also delivered in-house training as well as acting as a supervisor and mentor to new staff. She commented:

“I would certainly have taken the apprenticeship route had it been available when I came into the profession. The combination of 1:1 tuition and assessment leading to nationally recognised qualifications as well as hand-on, paid work is ideal. There is no student debt and it gives firms a chance to mould a new generation of fee-earners.”

Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director added:

“Legal apprenticeships are a great value way for firms to access new talent and give structure to the development pathway for staff in fee-earning roles who are not solicitors or Chartered Legal Executives. In addition to significant national and regional firms backing apprenticeships – firms such as Kennedys, Plexus and Freeth Cartwright for example – I am pleased that so many smaller firms are seeing the potential of this new route. Our package of recruitment, programme design and Government-funded training offers immediate cost-savings as well as longer term value generation for firms.”

“Although they are new, there is a wealth of experience behind legal apprenticeships. We have worked in partnership with law firms for many years and deliver the intermediate apprenticeship in legal administration (the first step on the pathway) in partnership with ILEX Tutorial College – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.”

Damar Training is also part of the Government-backed project to develop a new undergraduate level Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services with partners Pearson in Practice, The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and Skills for Justice.

To find out more apprenticeships in the legal sector, please contact Jonathan Bourne at Damar on 0161 480 8171 or email

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