As a graduate, you only have to pick up any legal publication to notice that training contracts are hard to come by and that competition is stronger than ever. As firms look to reduce their costs, many have reduced training contract numbers and considered sending trainee level work to offshore jurisdictions which is just set to make matters worse for law graduates. These are just a couple of reasons why Accutrainee was created.
So who are Accutrainee?
We offer a new, flexible, efficient way for firms and in-house legal teams to source their trainee solicitor needs. Accutrainee is an SRA authorised training establishment which employs trainee solicitors under an SRA approved training contract. We then send trainees on secondments to law firms and in-house legal departments in accordance with their specific requirements and needs. We take all the responsibility for trainees to ensure SRA training regulations are met or exceeded at all times. A trainee will only be employed when a full training contract has been secured for them so there is no risk of a trainee being left “part-qualified”.
What are the benefits of being an Accutrainee?
The first benefit is the most obvious one, entry into the legal profession as a qualified solicitor. Accutrainee provides an alternative route to qualification; in some cases, we give those law firms and in house legal teams who haven’t previously been able to take on a trainee an opportunity to do so. We look at candidates as a whole and take into account all of an applicant’s qualities and attributes and set no restrictions on who can apply. Although, do not be fooled into thinking that this could be an easier route in to the profession as we still have a very rigorous selection process and will only recruit exceptional candidates.
The Accutrainee training contract could give you the opportunity to work at one or more organisations. This will give you better insight in determining the type and culture of organisation which best suits you. We work closely with you and our clients to get the match right so before you sign up to a Training Contract, you will know exactly what you’re getting yourself into! You will have greater opportunity to demonstrate your skills to prospective employers compared to the traditional one or two day interview process as secondments could last anything between 3-24 months.
Accutrainee takes training and development very seriously. During your training contract you will receive continuous support and guidance from the Accutrainee team along with access to a dedicated trainee portfolio which will continuously be monitored against SRA training requirements.
And finally we should mention networking. Accutrainees are encouraged to build relationships with one another as they will go on to qualify into a wide range of different law firms and in-house legal departments, giving our trainees an opportunity to develop a network of contacts within a diverse range of organisations.
What type of candidates is Accutrainee looking for?
We search for graduates whom we believe will match our clients’ requirements, expectations and criteria. Above all, we are looking for exceptional candidates who can demonstrate a high standard of academic achievement at A-level (or equivalent) and degree level. We use the same stringent criteria used by many law firms and in-house legal teams in sourcing trainee solicitors. However, we will not be put off by some of the more typical rigid reasons why a candidate has been unsuccessful in the past. We work very hard to determine whether you have the right skills set, attitude and personality we are looking for.
The main point to remember is that Accutrainee offers a unique and alternative route to gaining a training contract with enhanced mentoring and guidance along the way. Possibly one of the reasons why we have just been nominated for one of the Lawcareers.net “Best Trainer” awards!