What’s the solution?
But what about quality?
Our concept is a break with tradition. But that doesn’t mean that we have compromised on quality. The Accutrainee team is made up of solicitors, specialist recruiters and trainers. Our combined experience is impressive: we’ve used this to develop a recruitment process which delivers only the very best quality candidates with a strong focus on candidate potential. Our selection process consists of an initial interview, an assessment centre, which includes a written exercise, presentation and a competency based interview followed by, in some cases, third round interviews. The result? Candidates which we are 100% confident in putting forward to you.
How exactly does it work?
We’ll invest time up front to get a detailed brief from you and find out exactly what sort of candidate you’re looking for. We then send you a shortlist of candidates. You’ll meet those that are of interest to you. Once a decision has been made, we employ the trainee, second them to you and take responsibility for all regulatory requirements. We also give the trainee a full induction, so they come to you ready to hit the ground running. We charge a commitment fee which is dependent on the duration of the secondment. Amongst other things, this covers the cost of identifying the right candidate for you, the Professional Skills Course and registration fees. Once a secondment starts, we charge a monthly fee – this is reduced if the trainee is on holiday, off sick or training. So you only pay when trainees are actually in the office working for you.
It may be that you already have a candidate in mind, for example, a paralegal who’s been working for you but you can’t meet, or are unsure of the regulatory requirements. We can employ them and second them back to you and take care of everything else. You continue to get the junior resource you need whilst helping a graduate reach their goal.
What our clients are saying
Some of our current candidates looking for secondment opportunities
Q: What’s the minimum secondment period I can have a trainee for?
A: 3 months is the minimum secondment period. However, ideally we would prefer 6 months or more to ensure a trainee has had sufficient time to settle in and demonstrate their abilities to you.
Q: If I want to take on the trainee once they qualify, is there an additional cost?
A: No, there is no additional cost to you. You have either been fully or partly responsible for the trainee’s training and we see our role as helping you develop your organisation’s future assets.
Q: What happens if I am not satisfied with my trainee?
A: We’ll be honest – this has never happened. However, should you be in any way dissatisfied we’ll work with you to resolve the issue and reach a solution.
Q: Can I get a trainee at short notice?
A: Yes, we have trainees on our books who can start straight away.
Q: What sort of clients has Accutrainee worked with?
A: We’ve working with a wide variety of firms in and around London and further afield, ranging from small boutique firms, to large city firms as well as in-house legal department whose teams consist of anything from 2 to over 300 lawyers.
Q: We don't do contentious work, is it still possible to have a trainee?
A: Yes it is possible. We employ the trainee and ensure that contentious work is covered in other secondments or via training and assessment.
Q: I already have a candidate in mind who approached us directly, can you employ them and second them back to us?
A: In short, yes. We work with clients in a variety of ways dependant on their needs. However, if you require us to secure secondments for the trainee with other organisations, the candidate will need to complete our selection process. This ensures all candidates we shortlist for clients have successfully been through the same process.
Q: I like the idea of having my own trainee but we're such a small team, how can we take on a trainee?
A: Trainees can be a valuable asset to any team. It only requires one experienced lawyer who is passionate about helping a trainee learn and develop to make this work. We deal with the rest for you. In exchange you get a hard working, ambitious trainee who might one day help make your team a little bigger.