I had coffee with Nick Thompson of Dudley College yesterday to discuss Adult Apprenticeships, with particular reference to law firms. They do not however deal with Legal Apprenticeships (others do).
Instead they assist a number of law firms to develop nonlegal skills such as in business administration (ie office skills), customer service and team leadership. For instance, someone in a client facing role is likely to be more effective if they learn how to do it, rather than being told.
Qualifications are at various levels, up to degree equivalent. NVQ’s are based on work based training and assessment. Cash investment by the firm can be minimal as the scheme is government funded, unless the firm wants something bespoke. It will however need some time from the employee and encouragement from the employer.
This could be a very cost effective way of increasing skills, staff retention and profitability. With the revolution in the legal industry (and if we talk ourselves into a Brexit recession) firms that train and improve their staff will have a better chance of thriving.
So contact Dudley College for more details (or find your local equivalent, if you are outside the West Midlands).