Conveyancing industry standard approved by Government

Conveyancing Direct Property Lawyers (CDPL) is delighted to announce the approval of two new industry standards for conveyancers. CDPL was part of a consortium of legal firms which designed and submitted the new standards including Conveyancing Technician and Licensed Conveyancer to Skills Minister Nick Boles.

Facilitated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), the new industry standards along with a dedicated apprenticeship scheme 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.

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.

“Today’s approval marks a significant milestone in this important, industry-led initiative to improve standards and training for conveyancers,” says CDPL’s Managing Director Andrew Hiesley. “I am delighted that Conveyancing Direct has been at the forefront of this project, our apprenticeship scheme is already well underway offering candidates a clear learning framework as well as flexibility and the opportunity to gain a qualification.”

“The upturn in the housing market this year has highlighted the need for a longer-term solution when it comes to finding, recruiting and retaining good quality candidates in the conveyancing profession,” Andrew continues. “This is why we were very happy to be involved in the second phase of the ‘Trailblazers’ programme. We think the scheme will provide a great opportunity to anyone looking to get into the industry, and especially young people looking for their first role, as well as opening up conveyancing as a career to a broader talent pool.”

Commenting on today’s approval of the conveyancing standards, Chief Executive of the CLC Shelia Kumar says: “We are delighted that the excellent work of the consortium has been recognised by Government and that the two new apprenticeships in conveyancing will go ahead. With the recovery of the housing market it is important that there is a reliable pipeline of talent entering the profession with rigorous qualifications based on great education and training to the highest standards. The creation of the new qualification of Conveyancing Technician is a response to demand from employers and those developing legal careers.”

“These apprenticeships are an innovative route into rewarding legal careers without the burdens of student debt, and they are not just for school-leavers – those looking to formalize their current legal careers or looking for a career change can all benefits from an apprenticeship approach.  There is even government funding available for employers with apprentices on this scheme,” Shelia continues.

Nick Boles, Skills Minister also comments: “I’m delighted that the Licensed Conveyancers Apprenticeship Consortium has developed two new apprenticeship standards for a Licensed Conveyancer and Conveyancing Technician. Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and the Licensed Conveyancers Apprenticeship Consortium are leading by example in the development and delivery of high quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow.”

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