Datalaw are approved by the Education & Skills Funding Agency to take advantage of this funding on your firm’s behalf. The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have set aside government funding in the form of the Apprenticeship Levy to train professionals in work to increase talent acquisition and career progression.

The Apprenticeship Levy is a UK tax for employers with a pay bill over £3 million, aimed at funding apprenticeship programs. Employers contribute 0.5% of their pay bill to fund their own apprenticeships. Non-levy paying businesses, usually with a pay bill under £3 million, receive government funding support for apprenticeships.

If you would be interested in learning more about the next steps for claiming funding to train each member of you legal team through the apprenticeship route then you can either:

Check your suitability through Datalaw’s eligibility calculator here:

Or if you would like to discuss the funding opportunities available for your organisation more in-depth then please feel free to book a 1-2-1 call with Datalaw’s Apprenticeship Coordinator here:

The LPC (Legal Practice Course) and SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) are pathways to becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. While the LPC is a one-year, postgraduate course focusing on practical legal skills, the SQE is a new, two-part assessment introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The LPC involves coursework, exams, and practical assessments, while the SQE assesses legal knowledge and skills through multiple-choice questions and practical tasks. The LPC follows a structured format, whereas the SQE offers greater flexibility in study.

If you don’t meet the requirements for a Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship, you can start with the Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship. This program equips you with the essential legal skills and allows you to advance to a Solicitor Apprenticeship.

SQE 1 & 2 exam costs, totaling £4,564, and SQE preparation expenses exceeding £7,200, receive substantial support through 95% Government Funding. This funding significantly eases financial burdens for aspiring solicitors, making qualification more accessible. It underscores the government’s commitment to fostering a skilled and inclusive legal workforce, promoting diversity and talent within the legal sector.

No, apprentices do not pay anything towards the solicitor apprenticeship. The cost of apprenticeships is the responsibility of the employer, and there are no fees or expenses incurred by the apprentice themselves. The aim of apprenticeships is to provide practical training and education to individuals while they work, without placing financial burden on them. Therefore, apprentices can focus on gaining valuable skills and qualifications without worrying about associated costs.

To learn more about solicitor apprenticeships you can visit Datalaw’s website or the Law Apprenticeships Website for comprehensive information and resources.

Additionally, you can schedule a 1-2-1 call with Datalaw’s Apprenticeship Coordinator to discuss any questions or concerns you may have and gain valuable insights into the solicitor apprenticeship program: