Solicitor Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group appoints new BCLP chair
Michelle Tunney (senior manager – Manchester Legal Delivery Team) has been appointed chair of the Solicitor Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group in England. Michelle takes over from Gun Judge of Addleshaw Goddard, who recently stepped down from the position.
Trailblazer groups were formed as part of the UK apprenticeship program in response to the Richard Review (2012) and subsequent Sainsbury report (2016), which highlighted that the employer voice is critical to generating the skills the UK economy needs.
The group is made up of more than 100 members from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (who regulate lawyers in England and Wales), the Institute For Apprenticeships and Technical Education, known as IFATE and set up by the UK government to assist in setting the standards for apprenticeships, training providers including higher education institutions such as universities, and most importantly employers in the legal sector who bring that vital employer voice that drives the apprenticeship program to deliver such great outcomes.
These members work together to ensure apprenticeship standards deliver the right skills and competence for the legal sector and the wider economy, with the trailblazer group writing, reviewing and setting the standards and assessment plan for the apprenticeship. They work closely with IFATE to review and propose funding changes as needed.
Following her appointment, Michelle said “I am delighted to take on this role, which continues to play a crucial role in shaping Solicitor Apprenticeships. My appointment to the role will also ensure that BCLP and its apprentices continue to have a voice in the way the apprenticeship is shaped.”
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