Become an Apprentice.

 

Become an Apprentice

The legal industry, along with the country as a whole, has had an incredibly difficult twelve months. We do see a light at the end of the tunnel but aren’t quite in a position to commit to our usual investment in training and development.

As a result of that, we will not be recruiting for trainee solicitors in 2021. Instead, our recruitment needs will be reviewed again in early 2022 by which time we hope the world will largely have returned to normal, sufficient to enable this firm to re-establish its entry level training programmes in which we place so much value.

Become an Apprentice
Apprenticeship Schemes Available To You

BPP Law School

FBC Manby Bowdler offers a full-time seven year apprenticeship programme resulting in a full LLB (Hons) Degree in Legal Practice. 

Delivered and awarded by the BPP University Law School, our Solicitor Apprenticeship offers a work-based learning route to qualification as a solicitor. 

The Apprenticeship Standard has been created by employers, for employers and applied across the sector including leading global law firms. BPP University Law School is our preferred partner and offers fabulous support to organisations and learners.

This is a fabulous way to qualify for individuals who want to take an alternative route to University.  We welcome all applicants from all backgrounds but particularly welcome applicants from BAME, LBGTQ+ or with a disability.

Applications for Legal apprentices are closed for our 2021 intake. 'Watch this space' to see when they re-open for 2022.

BPP Law School

Delivered and awarded by the BPP University Law School, our Paralegal Apprenticeship offers a work-based learning route to qualification as a Paralegal and a good foot on the ladder of an amazing legal career.

The Apprenticeship Standard has been created by employers, for employers and applied across the sector including leading global law firms. BPP University Law School is our preferred partner and offers fabulous support to organisations and learners.

This is a fabulous way to qualify for individuals who want to take an alternative route to University.  We welcome all applicants from all backgrounds but particularly welcome applicants from BAME, LBGTQ+ or with a disability. 

Applications for Legal apprentices are closed for our 2021 intake. 'Watch this space' to see when they re-open for 2022.

IC In-Comm

Our Business Administration Apprenticeship is all about learning and playing an important support role within the FBC Manby Bowdler team.

Our Business Support staff are pivotal to the success of our firm, whether in Finance, Marketing, the Call Team, or other areas of back office support, this provides a fabulous opportunity to getting started on a career to be proud of.

As part of a full-time one year placement at the Firm, affiliated with In-Comm, successful candidates will have the opportunity to work across all areas of the business in a number of disciplines and earn a nationally recognised NVQ qualification.

Applications for our Business Administration apprentices are closed for 2021. 'Watch this space' to see when they re-open.

Please contact our HR Team via email hr@fbcmb.co.uk in October to enquire about our apprenticeship scheme for 2022.

What Our Apprentices Say

"I am undertaking the L7 Solicitors Apprenticeship with BPP which takes 6 years to complete (may sound daunting but it’s the same amount of time it takes to qualify the traditional way!). The most beneficial aspect of the apprenticeship is the amount of practical experience I have had exposure to and gained. By the time I qualify, I will have assisted in and managed a number of transactions of my own, setting me up to be a confident corporate solicitor. I chose this route as I knew it would develop my skills both personally and professionally. I knew I wanted the independence of working and earning my own money but also having the academic qualifications to underpin my practical experience was also important. FBCMB have provided the best working environment and support in order to aid my development and I couldn’t thank them enough for that. I would definitely recommend the solicitor apprenticeship route – as long as you are willing to put  in the hard work in, you can be sure that you will get a successful career out of it!"

Abigail Noakes

Apprentice Solicitor

"I chose FBCMB as I saw how successful they were doing before I joined and wanted to be a part of the team. The apprenticeship I did was business support amongst the accounts team as I am looking to have a career working in accounting. I have gained valuable experience of working in an accounts team which has helped to further my knowledge. Doing the apprenticeship has helped me to work in a large business and meet lots of new people. My experience has been very positive I have not got a bad word to say about the company or anyone who works here. All the people in the firm are friendly and approachable. I would highly recommend doing the apprenticeship as you learn a lot of new skills and gain a lot of knowledge by doing it. I would also recommend people to do the apprenticeship at FBCMB if able to as they will receive help if needed and will be working in a good working environment. "

Kristian Parker

Business Support Apprentice

Completed May 2020

"I have been with the firm for almost four years now and in that time I have completed the Paralegal Apprenticeship and had the opportunity to start the 6 year Solicitor Apprenticeship which I am halfway through.

FBCMB was the place where I wanted to undertake my apprenticeship as the firm is known as an award winning regional law firm and really local to me. Starting my apprenticeship at the age of 18, and not having the opportunity to study law at A-Level, meant that I did not have an understanding of the different areas of law and what would suit me best. I was therefore drawn to the fact that FBCMB offers a range of business and personal services to clients and that each department was successful in doing so. In addition to this, I really enjoyed the welcoming, family-feel to the firm that I felt on the assessment day, which has been my experience from the day that I started.

During the course of my apprenticeship, I have been exposed to a wide range of work, drafting styles and client management all whilst being supported through my studies. My supervisor is always getting me involved in new initiatives and is keen to ensure that I am constantly progressing by offering me a variety of work and opportunities such as attending court. The earn-whilst-you-learn benefit to the apprenticeship scheme has also meant that I have been able to achieve personal goals such as buying my first home.

I am a very big advocate for the apprenticeship scheme as an alternative route into the legal profession in general, but I am even more of an advocate for an apprenticeship with FBCMB! From the trainee and junior group we have here at the firm, to the invaluable experience I am getting each and every day from working with professionals who excel in their field, being an apprentice at this firm really is the best choice I have made so far in my legal career."

Rowan Jones

Apprentice Solicitor