Support & Development
Support & Development
We are very careful to monitor the progress of all our apprentices and to ensure that each is given the support and training she or he individually needs. We do this in a variety of ways.
Find out more about the support on offer by watching this video.
Learning by actually doing the work is the best form of training. Our structured Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training 4 days a week with studying at BPP University Law School 1 day a week.
Work Across All Practice Areas
Modelled on the Firm’s distinctive “non-rotational” graduate training scheme, you will have the opportunity to work with all of our legal groups (including: Real Estate, Global Disputes, Company/Commercial, Banking and Restructuring) during the entire Apprenticeship period.
Legal - Not Just Administrative - Work
To begin with, you will undertake legal administrative tasks such as file opening, document production, archiving and billing. But once you have a good understanding of the clients and the work performed by the team you will progress to legal based tasks such as assisting with research, and with legal forms and documents, drafting letters and emails. Your legal tasks, responsibilities and abilities will increase incrementally if you continue onto our Solicitor Apprenticeship.
Mentoring & Study Support
You will have access to two dedicated associate mentors (junior and senior lawyers) at the Firm who will work closely with you to develop your skills and to complete the relevant tasks and training you need to succeed on the Apprenticeship. In addition, you’ll have a skills development coach and apprenticeship manager at BPP to support you in your studies and assessments and assist you with your portfolio of workplace evidence.
Seminars & Courses
To help you learn the "tools" of our profession, from the start, you will be invited to in-house seminars relevant to your level of experience. If you continue onto the Solicitor Apprenticeship, in your final 2 years, you will join our graduate trainees on their Continuum training programme. These are regular (initially twice-weekly) "how-to" seminars delivered by senior lawyers from the different practices.
At quarterly review meetings with the Apprentice partner, your dedicated mentors and your BPP apprenticeship manager, you will have the opportunity to talk about your progress towards meeting the relevant Apprenticeship standards and your job role at work - as well as the type of work you want to try next.
We conduct formal appraisals every six months during the Apprenticeship. Our appraisal process is competency-based and focuses on achievement of the relevant Apprenticeship standards as well as personal effectiveness.