Conveyancing Direct Assessment Plans approved by Government
Conveyancing Direct Property Lawyers (CDPL) is delighted to announce that Assessment Plans for two new industry standards for conveyancers have been approved by Government. The approval means that new standards for apprenticeships in Conveyancing Technician and Licensed Conveyancer will soon be ready for delivery.
CDPL has been at the forefront of the project to design the innovative Apprenticeship Standards, acting as lead employer within a consortium of legal firms and facilitated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). The project is part of the second phase of the Government’s ‘Trailblazers’ scheme, set up by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to enable businesses and employers to raise standards by designing bespoke apprenticeships for their sectors.
Once ‘live’, the dedicated apprenticeship schemes will revolutionise how individuals can become licensed conveyancers. They will also address recruitment challenges across the conveyancing profession and provide individuals with vital experience and a qualification to take them forward in their career.
Michelle Timms, Learning & Development Manager at Conveyancing Direct Property Lawyers, and Chair of the consortium that developed the Conveyancing Apprenticeship Standards, said: “The conveyancing industry is one that, in comparison to other legal services, is not particularly well known. I believe it is for this reason that employers such as Conveyancing Direct are choosing to promote from within and ‘grow their own’ conveyancers. The apprenticeships for both a Conveyancing Technician and a Licensed Conveyancer open up brand new opportunities for employers to ensure that their staff are trained to a high standard, that a consistent level of training and quality assurance is given across the whole industry and to make people more aware of the prospects of becoming a conveyancer.
“I am delighted to represent the conveyancing industry and work alongside some reputable conveyancing firms to design the new apprenticeships. Getting the Assessment Plans published is the next big step towards the apprenticeships being ready for delivery and I’m confident that everyone will agree that the submitted plans offer robust assessment of the apprentices and that the methods of delivery are compatible with many different business structures.”
Commenting on today’s approval of the Assessment Plans, Chief Executive of the CLC Shelia Kumar says: “The CLC was established to introduce innovation and competition into the legal sector and thirty years on these apprenticeships show that we continue to deliver on that mission. The apprenticeship route to licence as a specialist conveyancer will further broaden access to the legal profession and, along with the Conveyancing Technician and Probate Technician apprenticeships, provide a more robust pipeline of experts to support the growth that we see in CLC-regulated businesses. As the standards have been developed by practitioners working with the CLC as a regulator and STEP as a professional body, we can be sure the apprenticeships meet the needs of contemporary practices as well as complying with regulation providing consumer protection. We hope that many employers will put existing staff and new hires through these apprenticeships.”
Minister for Skills, Nick Boles said: “Businesses are better placed than anyone to train the next generation of workers and will help us deliver 3 million high-quality apprenticeships by 2020. By designing apprenticeships, employers like Conveyancing Direct are ensuring that young talented people develop the skills needed to progress up the career ladder and help drive businesses forward.”