Follows comparable transfer by DWF

Ashurst’s London workplace

Metropolis legislation agency Ashurst has ditched A-Stage necessities for coaching contract seekers in bid to extend the variety of candidates who progress to the interview stage.

The agency, which takes on round 45 trainees every year, mentioned “gamified assessments of cognitive capability, downside fixing and emotional intelligence” are extra correct predictors of efficiency.

Ashurst first launched on-line exams into its London recruitment course of in 2019.

Authorized Cheek’s Firms Most List reveals the silver circle participant beforehand required a minimal A-Stage requirement of AAB or equal. This will probably be formally scrapped from September.

Nick Wong, graduate recruitment accomplice, mentioned: “We all know that educational efficiency isn’t an correct predictor of efficiency in a job and utilizing these exams additionally reduces the chance of unconscious bias and social capital enjoying a component in recruitment.”

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He continued:

“This method may even enable us to extend the variety of candidates who progress to interview and are supplied positions at Ashurst. 2020 A-Stage college students can due to this fact be reassured that their grades won’t drawback them when making use of for a coaching contract at Ashurst.”

The transfer comes because the schooling secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed yesterday that every one A-Stage leads to England will probably be based mostly on teacher-assessed grades, after it emerged virtually 40% of outcomes had been downgraded as a part of a controversial standardisation mannequin.

Final week DWF introduced it was scrapping particular A-Stage necessities for aspiring legal professionals. It will instead ask for “good A-Ranges/Scottish Highers or equal”.