The two-year apprenticeships will be offered across both the firm’s commercial and insurance teams and will give students the opportunity to work towards a level-three trailblazer paralegal apprenticeship.
Students undertaking the programme will also have the opportunity to gain a Certificate in Higher Education, equivalent to the first year of a university degree, alongside the apprenticeship qualification.
DWF was one of just a handful of UK law firms that formed the exclusive, employer-led ‘trailblazer’ group that developed the standards for law apprenticeships, ensuring that apprentices have the correct knowledge and skills needed to pursue a successful career in law.
Kirsty Rogers, executive partner at DWF Manchester, said: “Young people in Manchester are increasingly looking for alternative ways to start their careers without going down the traditional university path, and these rigorous apprenticeships will offer students from a wide variety of backgrounds the opportunity to break into the legal sector and gain valuable qualifications.
“DWF was an early supporter of apprenticeships, having had over 20 young people undertake an apprenticeship with the business since 2012, seven of whom remain in the business today, and we remain fully committed to further developing our programme.
“We firmly believe in inclusive recruitment practices and are confident that by offering apprenticeships to students in Manchester who demonstrate both practical and academic skills, we will attract and retain the widest variety of talented young people for these roles.”
The roles will be offered across DWF’s offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool.