Service Delivery Degree Apprentice

West Yorkshire

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Who you’ll be working for:
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world.  We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

What’s in it for you:
In addition to your academic studies and rotations, you will receive a comprehensive induction, skills training and a bespoke apprenticeship development plan delivered via the DLA Piper Academy. This comprehensive training will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to be successful in your role. 

You will also have wide ranging support from a buddy for peer support, a mentor, an early careers programme manager and an external skills coach from your learning provider. Your colleagues will help you feel valued, welcomed, and supported and your apprentice peers will also become an invaluable source of support.

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will be invited to participate in networking events, socials, the firm's employee networks and local office activities.

Overview of the role:
We are hiring apprentices to join our DLA Piper Service Delivery team based in the Leeds Office. The Service delivery team focuses on process improvement improving processes, increasing profitability and providing solutions for internal teams and clients.

As a Service Delivery Degree Apprentice, you will complete a Level 6 Project Manager apprenticeship starting in September 2023. This takes approximately 3.5 - 4 years to complete. This will offer you the opportunity to become a project management professional with a recognised qualification and accreditation from a certification body.

You will be responsible for:
During your time with us you will complete four, 9 to 12 months long rotations in a number of departments and study for the fully funded BSc qualification in Project Management.

The departments you can expect to spend time in are:

  • The Legal Project Management Team – Assists in the planning, coordinating and structuring of large deals
  • The Legal Technology Team – Sources, introduces and drives new innovative technology across all practice groups internationally
  • The Legal Delivery Centre - Leverages IT tools and works to add efficiencies, reduce costs and improve the firm’s ability to meet clients expectations
  • The Business Improvement Team – Facilitates and implements large scale business performance improvements that have a tangible and positive impact on the service that DLA Piper delivers to clients
  • The Resource Management Team – Supports allocation of resources to promote fair access to work to deliver diverse and engaging work portfolios internally

You will need the following skills:

  • Strong willingness to learn and develop
  • High attention to detail
  • Open and honest communicator
  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • Can use own initiative
  • A thorough and organised approach
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people

Entry requirements:

  • 120 UCAS Tariff points
  • English Language GCSE at Grade C (4+)

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme.

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

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Working week:
37.5 hours per week.

Future prospects:
Finally, towards the end of your final rotation and successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will be considered to join one of the above-mentioned teams on a full-time basis. This is based on your performance and results. We will work with you closely to help you achieve your ambitions during your apprenticeship and beyond.

Important information:
QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.