Thursday 13 August 2015

Today A Level students across the city will be finding out what grades they have got and for many it will be the key to what they will do next.

But some may not have yet decided on which career path to choose, or may have just missed their chosen place at university. Sheffield City Council now wants to hear from them.

For the first time the council is looking to take on five apprentices in its legal department, who it will train up to become fully trained paralegals.

Successful applicants, who will be paid £200 a week, will need to have three A levels at Grade C and above.

This is the start of a recruitment drive by the council to train the city’s future leaders through apprenticeship schemes, giving young people a head start in their chosen career.

Sheffield City Council Leader Councillor Julie Dore said: “We made a commitment two months ago to train the next generation of Sheffield leaders by offering some great opportunities here at the council and I am delighted that this is now coming to fruition.

“And what better way to kick-start this recruitment drive than by offering apprenticeships at the very top of what we do. Becoming a lawyer can often be a difficult and expensive career path, but this chance should help those who need it most to get on the ladder towards success.

“Training school-leavers as paralegals is not only a superb opportunity for individuals but also plays a vital part in delivering legal services for the council”.

Steve Eccleston, Assistant Director for Sheffield City Council’s Legal Services added: “This is a great opportunity for those embarking on a career in law to earn while they learn. As apprentices they will undertake on the job learning here at the council across a broad range of areas which is different to anything they would get via any other training route. They will receive really high quality training via a distance learning course provided by the Charted Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). This is gold standard, industry wide recognised training and will set them up really well for whatever direction their future career takes them.

“We want to hear from those who have got their A Levels today but maybe don’t want to go on to university but do want to start on a career path. This chance would also be ideal for A level students who have just missed getting their chosen place at university as well. Please do come forward and apply.”

Sheffield City Council is committed to increasing the number of apprenticeships in Sheffield and across the city region. It developed the Sheffield 100 programme back in 2011 which has created an extra 100 apprenticeships every year since 2011. It is also leading Sheffield City Region’s Growth Deal to provide 4,000 new apprenticeships, which has already created more than 2,000 positions.

Now the council is recruiting its next cohort of apprenticeships in-house including the paralegals. Other positions will be available in a range of services, including council housing and customer services, in coming months.

Apprentices working at Sheffield City Council often go on to secure permanent posts.

Council apprentices enjoy the same benefits as all other council employees, including flexible working, training and development opportunities, and good working conditions.

To apply for the paralegal apprenticeship scheme visit: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/whats-new/job-vacancies

The closing date for applications is Wednesday September 2 with successful applicants in place by October.

For further information on providing support to employer providing apprenticeships across Sheffield City Region visit www.skillsmadeeasy.org.uk or contact 0114 229 6182.

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For more information please contact Emma Hollingworth, Communications, on 0114 205 3546 or 07710 737905. Email emma.hollingworth@sheffield.gov.uk.