Review of Legal Apprenticeships

We want apprenticeships to deliver long-term benefits to organisations and their people. Part of this is about working to ensure that the apprenticeship standards themselves meet the need of employers and apprentices.

On 16th February, our managing director, Jonathan Bourne, wrote to the chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education with the support of 11 of our partner-employers, to ask for a review of apprenticeship standards for the legal sector. A copy of the letter is attached.

The letter sets out a number of challenges that need to be addressed if apprenticeships are to meet the long-term skills needs of the sector. Whilst they do not materially impact on employers or apprentices planning to start apprenticeships in 2021, early engagement, consultation and planning now are necessary to support the process of longer-term reform.

If you are an employer interested in (or already using) legal apprenticeships, we would encourage you to join the conversation. To be included in any consultation or discussions with the group of trailblazer employers who oversee most of the legal apprenticeships please email the chair, Gun Judge  (, copying in in Helen Dalton at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education ( and

If you have any questions on our letter to the IFATE or would like to discuss how legal apprenticeships can add value to your organisation please email Jonathan or Damar’s commercial partnerships director Robin Lindsay ( or you can call us on 0161 4808171.

View a PDF copy of the letter.