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Damar legal apprentices achieve UK End Point Assessment first

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has confirmed that two Damar Training’s legal apprentices at the Government Legal Department are the first in the UK to pass the Level 6 Chartered Legal Executive End Point Assessment.

The Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship standard is one of a new generation of challenging, degree-level apprenticeships. The successful apprentices, Avin Seeruttun and Natalie Crooks, have now completed the final academic stage leading to CILEx Fellowship.

The End Point Assessment is made up of two elements:

  1. The submission of a showcase portfolio, evidencing three years’ experience of   qualifying employment meeting all aspects of the standard, and
  2. A case study

Managing Director of Stockport-based Damar Training, Jonathan Bourne, explained the significance of their achievements:

“We are delighted for Avin and Natalie; it is a great achievement for them to pass on first submission. 

“The Government Legal Department apprentices are the first in the country to complete this very demanding apprenticeship and they should be very proud of themselves. It is always particularly challenging being the first to go through such a process and so I would also like to thank Damar and GLD colleagues for all their support and hard work.

“The Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship standard is open to both new and existing staff and is a fantastic way for employers to attract and develop future qualified lawyers without any student debt.”

GLD People Development lead, Anisha Gadhia, comments:

“We are extremely proud that both Natalie and Avin are the first two students in the country to complete this degree-level programme.  At GLD we are committed to developing our staff to achieve their potential through a wide range of development opportunities including our apprenticeships, making it a great place to work and develop your legal career.”

Apprentice, Avin Seeruttun, said of his apprenticeship experience:

“The apprenticeship has been a great experience from start to finish with many challenges in-between. I decided to join the apprenticeship as I felt it the best way to excel and progress my career within GLD. I have developed a wide breadth and depth of skills whilst also being able to reflect on past work which has helped me improve my litigation skills going forwards as well as strengthening my skills, making me a better caseworker.”

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