Accutrainee’s variety initiative sees it staff up with Metropolis outfits together with CMS

A versatile coaching contract specialist has launched a scholarship programme which goals to assist Black aspiring attorneys safe coaching contracts or qualifying work expertise (QWE), in addition to cowl the prices related to sitting the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Accutrainee is trying to place graduates of Black heritage into a spread of high regulation companies and different companies the place they may full the mandatory work expertise necessities to qualify as a solicitor below the brand new regime.

The scholarship has no minimal grade necessities, nonetheless the corporate says it’s on the lookout for college graduates who “establish as having Black heritage with a real ardour and curiosity in regulation with a powerful need to qualify as a UK solicitor”.

Corporations already signed as much as the programme embody worldwide regulation agency CMS and the Open Banking Implementation Entity, a physique arrange by the Competitors and Markets Authority to ship open banking.

Accutrainee — based by former Hogan Lovells banking & finance affiliate Susan Cooper in 2011 — says it’s at varied levels of discussions with different regulation companies, each small and enormous, with the purpose of getting a number of organisations be a part of the programme within the close to future.

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For candidates enterprise the SQE path to qualification, Accutrainee hopes to cowl the price of the prep course and exams by way of the scholarship too, though it tells Authorized Cheek that with many regulation colleges nonetheless to disclose their charges, this can’t be assured at this stage.

It’s presently operating evaluation centres, with the primary group of students taking on their roles in March.

Commenting on the brand new variety scholarship, Cooper mentioned: “High quality and variety have at all times been on the forefront of all the pieces we do at Accutrainee. Though now we have excessive numbers of BAME people in our trainee cohorts, it has at all times been clear to us that much more will be accomplished, significantly in relation to particular sub-sections of the broader BAME group. All through their complete qualification course of, we will likely be providing students the identical high quality coaching, mentoring and assist now we have grow to be recognized for, to assist them turn into well-rounded 21st century attorneys.”

She continued:

“We’re subsequently extremely excited to be launching this scholarship programme and naturally very proud to be partnering with organisations like OBIE and CMS. We sit up for bringing different sponsor organisations on board to assist make a significant influence to the broadly acknowledged advantages of larger variety inside our occupation.”

Michael Cavers, early expertise associate at CMS, added: “We’re devoted to increasing alternatives for the BAME attorneys of the longer term and are happy to sponsor Accutrainee’s scholarship programme. This nice initiative will assist us, and we hope different companies, proceed to enhance BAME variety within the office. We sit up for welcoming programme students to CMS.”