Our apprenticeship programmes offer an attractive route into a commercial, professional services environment for driven and ambitious candidates. Our ‘earn as you learn’ qualification pathway offers the opportunity to combine academic study with work-based learning; simultaneous exposure to university and commercial environments; and potential future qualification and career opportunities on successful completion of a level 3 apprenticeship.
If you join Pinsent Masons as a paralegal apprentice you’ll become an integral member of one of our fee-earning teams. You will spend 80% of your time working on client projects alongside experienced lawyers and Trainee Solicitors who will provide regular mentoring and feedback. This will ensure you learn and develop vital skills such as attention to detail, team working and research techniques. You’ll also attend the University of Law for the remaining 20% to help achieve the academic requirements of your apprenticeship qualification.
Your day-to-day experiences will depend on the practice area you join, but it’s fair to say that no two days will be the same. You’ll be learning continuously as you work towards identifiable achievements. Typically, this will include drafting and proof-reading documents and correspondence, undertaking research, liaising with clients by phone, email and at face-to-face meetings; and getting involved in community work. You’ll also learn how to network with different groups of people as you attend training, seminars and conferences. Fantastic progression opportunities could be available on successful completion of this apprenticeship.
Business Operations Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are available in a number of our Business Operations teams. We are currently recruiting for apprentices in our Finance and Payroll departments.
Like our paralegal apprentices, you will spend 20% of your time in off-the-job learning, delivered via a blend of small group, face-to-face sessions and remote tutor support.
Typical tasks you could expect to be involved in as a Finance apprentice include day to day activities such as data entry, month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. You might also find yourself involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns. Payroll apprentices will assist our Global Payroll team with the collating, administering and processing of the firm’s monthly payroll, while handling queries from our partners, employees and systems suppliers.
Our Finance and Payroll apprentices will be working towards the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship which provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the Accounting sector.
Making an Application
Minimum Entry Requirements
The minimum academic requirements that all our apprentices are expected to meet or exceed are:
- A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English or equivalent
- 3 A-levels or equivalent at grade B
If you do not meet any of the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances which explain why you have failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, please include this in your covering letter.
Application to Assessment
We are currently inviting applications for our new apprenticeship programmes commencing in November 2017. The deadline for applications is 11 September 2017.
To apply for this programme please email your CV & a covering letter to Sue Lenkowski at University of Law. Your covering letter should include answers to the following 3 questions:
- Why is the apprenticeship route for you?
- Why Pinsent Masons?
- Why you? (your skills and abilities that make you a great candidate)
You should look to demonstrate evidence of extracurricular activity, team working, strong oral and written communication skills, self-awareness and time management. Your application is your opportunity to take the first step in what could be a remarkable professional career. Please take your time, consider your answers and remember to double-check them for accuracy and spelling.
After the deadline, applications are reviewed and we shortlist those candidates who best demonstrate the core capabilities we are looking for in our apprentices. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a telephone interview. Candidates who are successful at the telephone interview stage will then be invited to attend an assessment centre which will comprise of a number of different elements:
- a group exercise
- a writing exercise
- an attention to detail exercise
The final stage of the recruitment process will be a behavioural and commercial interview at Pinsent Masons’ offices.
Once the final interviews have taken place we will contact all applicants to advise of the outcome of their application for a place on the programme. The entire application process from deadline to notification of outcome should take no longer than two months.
If you have any questions about the application process, please email Sue Lenkowski, or call her on 07816177815.
Salary & Benefits
Our Apprentices will be paid £18,000 (pro-rata) in London and £15,500 per annum (pro-rata) elsewhere in England. The firm also offers the sort of comprehensive benefits package you would expect from a leading employer.
During the programme, you will receive:
- Technical training specific to your practice team
- Soft skills training, applicable to your apprenticeship and to future roles
- Employability skills training, both at the University of Law and Pinsent Masons
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