Tough questions to face on trainees

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  • Too right. Training on the job will not be easy to organise by firms. In this context, the LPC 's strength is its set of skills subjects learnt and assessed in mock real life situations. If this is coupled with (at least at some institutions) real work experience opportunities during students' time at an institution, and regular real, intense contact with firms and clients as part of a focussed, exciting and mutually beneficial employability programme, then it is hard to see what could reasonably replace the LPC wholesale. Maybe the added value of the LPC is acknowledged by business when firms like CW are recruting paralegals from LPC graduates, and not straight from the LLB.

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  • Work for an LPC provider by any chance?

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  • Alternatively firms could consider the advantages Accutrainee offers which has sought to address many of these issues for firms by delivering a cost effective, flexible, more efficient option. Apologies for the mini sales pitch but these are not new issues, no other industry insists on trying to predict what its junior resource needs will be in 2-3 years time where there is so little flexibility and significant cost involved. On the job training is critical, with trainees able to learn essential lessons from supervisors with the benefit of one to one feedback and development on learning experiences. No prizes for guessing where I work!

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