Solicitor Apprenticeship with the CPS

The Solicitor Apprenticeship is a fully funded programme, lasting 7 years, where students complete a law degree and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) with the guarantee of a Crown Prosecutor role upon successful completion. Study takes place alongside a full time Paralegal role within the CPS.

In order to be eligible for this programme, you need to live in Yorkshire & Humberside or Greater London and fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Would be first in family to attend University or achieve degree/degree-level qualification.
  • Have been eligible for free school meals whilst at secondary school
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education or has high levels of socio-economic deprivation
  • Have been in or currently in social care
  • Live in a household where their parent/guardian total gross annual income is equal to or less than the national average for the household expenditure in their area

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, sign up now to one of our Solicitor Apprenticeship Engagement Days below:

26th October 2021, 11am-4pm – Link MKM Stadium, Walton St, Hull, HU3 6HU

27th October, 2021,10am-3pm – Link Crowne Plaza, Wellington St, Leeds LS1 4DL

28th October 2021, 10:30-3:30pm – Link Ambassadors Hotel Bloomsbury, 12 Upper Woburn Pl, London WC1H 0HX

If you wish to distribute the above information in a PDF Flyer format you can download a copy here

Rethinking Employability Event

Join The Edge Foundation & Envision for this interactive and engaging seminar chaired by broadcaster and journalist Steph McGovern

There can be no doubt that the last year has changed both education and the labour market beyond recognition.

  • What does the impact of the pandemic mean for the future of work?
  • Has it accelerated the megatrends we were already seeing – the fourth industrial revolution, Brexit and the climate crisis?
  • What does that mean for how we prepare young people for their uncertain and rapidly changing futures?

Join The Edge Foundation and Envision for this interactive and engaging seminar chaired by broadcaster and journalist Steph McGovern to explore these questions and share your perspective.

For more information and booking –

Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (THEBP) introduces ‘connectED’.

connectED is a series of virtual events and digital resources aimed at supporting young people during the move to home learning.

Now more than ever, it’s vital to keep young people engaged. connectED focuses on continuing to develop young people’s employability and life skills, and provide meaningful encounters with business volunteers.

The offer is free for all schools and youth organisations across England, to help support teachers and students either learning from home or in school. For further information and to sign up to receive these resources, visit THEBP’s connectED webpage HERE

AEBP Online Meeting – November 2020

Earlier this month the AEBP hosted the first of a series of online “Microsoft Teams” events. Members and non-members shared ideas and thoughts on a Post Covid School and Workplace environment and the products and services that are being offered to schools including new virtual options.

We had 36 delegates attending and everyone left positive comments (see below) and said they were looking forward to another event in the near future.

Just following up from the virtual AEBP Work Experience Meeting this morning and our conversation later, I thought it was a really useful and thought-provoking meeting with great input from different practitioners and education business professionals.  Although we work for a large organisation with lots of supportive colleagues, we don’t get to share our work with people that really understand the breadth of our experiences and challenges in the WEX world, so it was really refreshing as most of us are facing the same problems. Catherine

Thanks so much for organising this it has been very useful and I would like to be included in any future sessions – Lesley

Thanks to all, it was really useful, stay safe all – Charmian

Thanks Kevin and everyone, really interesting – Corinne

Thanks for hosting Kevin. Very useful session – Gavin

Thanks for that Kevin, interesting session. Very useful so in the future would be good – Jamela

Great to hear sharing of ideas – thank you. Also keen for another in the future – Faye

Very useful, great to do again. Thanks everyone – Sarah

Very useful thanks Kevin would be useful to attend another meeting – Keisha

A useful discussion and hope we have some more in the future. – Catherine

I found it useful! if there is anything else to discuss, I’d be happy to join another session – Georgia

Really useful to hear from people with different experiences – Sally

Thank you all. Really informative and appreciated. Yes, please to scheduling another event – Afet

Really useful – thank you. Might be good to do this again – Alex

Very useful, thank you – Kim

Thank you, Kevin, and all on the call for sharing your experiences. It has been really interesting to hear what is happening around the country – Imelda

Great session, helpful and informative. Thanks everyone – Michelle

Opportunities in the Army – Captain Polly Marsh

I am a school governor  as well as being a youth engagement officer in the British Army, and a civilian teamwork/leadership facilitator working with young people from all backgrounds and all nationalities.  I am passionate about young people achieving their potential – and to do that, they need to know all their options.

Please find information about Army careers for young people age 16+.    In these uncertain times, the army is seeing a huge increase in applications as it offers job security for life.   This is information all SLT and careers officers need to know and ensure is passed on to ALL students in secondary school, to advise young people of their options.

As you may know, only 8% of secondary age children are aware of the career opportunities available to them in the British Army.  As someone who didn’t have this information when I was at secondary school, I felt cheated – and now it is my mission to ensure ALL children know about these opportunities, regardless of social background, religion, ethnicity, gender or anything else. Everyone is equal in the army.

Only 30% of army careers are in combat roles which means the vast majority are careers that are found in civilian life (mechanics, teachers, doctors, nurses, vets, dentists, engineers, IT/tech, chaplains, lawyers, HR, PR/media  etc.) – the only difference is the army has higher pay, more opportunities, guaranteed continuous training and qualifications, transferable skills for life, plus adventurous lifestyle, fun and friendship.

Please find below links to films about scholarships, bursaries, and apprenticeships (finance is available from £3k – £75k per student). The first video is the most informative and most important to share  – the others will give you more insight from the student’s point of view.    If this information can be shared with all secondary schools and their students that would be great – and I believe it’s our duty or we are letting our children down.

Flexible Furloughing – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 1 July, changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) saw flexible furloughing introduced, so employees will no longer have to be furloughed for a minimum period of three weeks.

Following the change the CJRS has more flexibility to allow claims on a pro rata basis. Employers will be able to permit employees to work some of the week and be furloughed for the rest.

An employee needs to have been furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks between 1 March and 30 June to be eligible for furlough from 1 July. Additionally, after 1 July, employers may be subject to a cap on the number of employees that can be claimed for in a CJRS claim they are able to make.

The CJRS changes have effect from 1 July until the closure of the scheme on 31 October.

Parents returning from statutory maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave and bereavement leave are broadly exempt from the CJRS furlough changes. So parents who are returning to work over the coming months will be eligible for the CJRS despite the scheme closing to new entrants on 30 June.

Additionally, from 1 August, the level of the grant will be reduced each month. From August the employer will need to pay employer national insurance and pension contributions for the time the employee is furloughed. For August, the government will continue to pay 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500 proportional to the hours the employee is furloughed. For September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to £2,187.50, and for October, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum of £1,875. During these months employers will have to top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to the £2,500 cap.

Yes, schools should still be charged and expected to pay EBP’s for their services during the COVID 19 outbreak!

The information and guidance from the Cabinet Office public bodies on payment of their suppliers is very clear that they should be paying suppliers as normal (even if their delivery is disrupted or suspended. The majority of EBPs are not centrally funded and are operating as small businesses who need the support from public bodies to ensure they are still in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over.

The full information and guidance are detailed clearly in the Procurement Policy Note 02/20 released in March. Available  HERE