BBC boost diversity within in-house legal jobs
1st April 2014
Work placement and apprenticeship schemes have been launched by the BBC and Barclays in a move to boost diversity within their respective in-house legal departments. Following National Apprenticeship Week, which took place last month, the government is encouraging apprenticeships which has seen both the BBC and Barclays bank look to improve their schemes.
These new schemes look to allow school-leavers to begin training as solicitors as both companies look to increase the level of diversity within their legal panels, with more apprentices succeeding in permanent in-house legal jobs. The BBC is to recruit three new apprentices in September later this year to start on their in-house team, where they will undertake two years of training under the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Both companies are hoping that the schemes will improve diversity in their legal panels, with more solicitors coming in from various backgrounds and less traditional routes. According to this article, Barclays, conversely, will be offering 50 different one-week placements to graduates.
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