Leading North West law firm SAS Daniels LLP is to take on paralegal apprentices as part of a new direct funding scheme, set up by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Aimed at school leavers with GCSE and A Levels, the programme will allow applicants to gain training and qualifications whilst working at a law firm.
The scheme, a year in development, begins in September 2013, with SAS Daniels as one of a number of firms that has been involved throughout the process with the Chamber.
Successful applicants will receive training in the role of paralegal, working closely with SAS Daniels’ solicitors in the firm’s Stockport and Macclesfield offices. As well as legal instruction, apprentices will also develop key life skills such as communication in person and on the telephone, working in a team, building client relationships, business and market understanding, assertiveness and problem solving.
Amanda Galley, Head of Service Delivery at SAS Daniels, said “We are delighted to be part of this new venture. It’s a fantastic opportunity for school and college leavers to build a career at a time when many feel that the traditional university route may not be suitable for them. As well as technical and business skills, we believe the apprentices will learn life skills which will help them become well rounded individuals, as well as experienced paralegals.”
The scheme has been developed with funding from the Apprenticeship programme. Further details on participants and qualifications can be found at www.gmchamber.co.uk.