During October Half Term (26 – 30 October 2020) Blake Morgan will be running our PRIME Work Experience Placement Scheme once again. We have run this scheme and been members of the PRIME Commitment since its inception in 2011, which aims to improve access to the legal profession through providing opportunities for work experience.
The scheme has previously been run in our South Coast, Thames Valley and London offices, but this year in order to ensure we can still do our part in promoting social mobility, we have chosen to run the scheme on a virtual platform for the very first time.
PRIME was established in order to ensure that the legal profession is open to talent from all economic backgrounds, and works closely with its member firms and charity partners to promote social mobility. They do this by breaking down barriers, ensuring that students can enhance their skills and understand the potential pathways into a career in law that are open to them. Students on the Blake Morgan scheme can look forward to gaining valuable insight into life working at a commercial law firm, hearing directly from our staff at all levels about their experiences of a career in law.
In order to be eligible to take part in the PRIME work experience placement, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be of school age (the Blake Morgan scheme is open to students in Years 12 & 13)
- Attending, and have attended from the age of 11, a state-funded, non-fee paying school or college,
- Growing up in a household where no parent or guardian attended University.
Candidates must also meet one or more of the following:
- Are currently in receipt of, or have previously received, free school meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary.
- Have been, or are currently, in local authority care (for a period of three months or longer).
- Are, or have been, a full or part-time carer.
- Came to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker.
- Are attending a state-school or college with:
- Below average A-Level or Higher Point score and/or,
- Low rate of progression to higher education.
Candidates or education professionals who wish to learn more about the Blake Morgan PRIME Work Placement should contact Kathryn Seaward, Resourcing Specialist, who will be happy to discuss the scheme in more detail.