News release

SRA endorses Trailblazers approach to qualification

The SRA has welcomed today’s joint announcement by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education that the apprenticeship standards for the Trailblazers in Law initiative have been approved.

It can now move to the second phase of development before implementation. Under the new scheme, which is designed to enable more flexible routes to the profession, apprentices will be able to qualify as a solicitor, chartered legal executive, or paralegal through workplace-based training.

The SRA, ILEX Professional Standards Limited (IPS), and the Law Society have worked closely over the past year with a committee of employers from across the legal profession to agree the new set of standards, which meet the requirements specified by the SRA and IPS for qualification as a Solicitor or Legal Executive.

Skills Minister, Nick Boles, said: "I'm delighted to see the development of a new apprenticeship standard leading to qualification as a solicitor.

"Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and solicitors are leading by example in the development and delivery of high quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow."

Paul Philip, SRA Chief Executive, added: "We are pleased that the Government has approved the Trailblazer standards which means we can now progress to the next stage of development of the Apprenticeship. The Trailblazers initiative promotes the aims we are pursuing separately in our Training for Tomorrow agenda to enable more flexible routes to qualification as a solicitor while retaining robust standards."

Further information on the Trailblazer scheme is available here:

Go to the Government's Trailblazers site

Further information on Training for Tomorrow is available here:

Go to the Training for Tomorrow pages

 
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