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Training Contract 2022 Birmingham

Job Introduction

Please select this vacancy if you wish to apply for a Training Contract only to start in 2022 to be based out of our Birmingham office.

Please note you should select this vacancy if you're already working with VWV, have recently worked here, or have already completed a Vacation Scheme placement in a previous recruitment round.  Our online application form has been specifically designed so internal applicants can maximise their experience and development gained during their time with VWV.

What does the recruitment process look like?

The deadline for submitting your online application is 30 June 2020, if you’re successful through the online application you'll be invited to attend an Assessment Day on 7 July 2020 in our Bristol office. On that day one of the assessments will be an interview which will provide a fantastic opportunity to evidence your enthusiasm for our firm and demonstrate why you've got the right attributes to become a commercial lawyer.

So what's involved in the Training Contract itself?

Your Training Contract will last two years and during that time you'll get to experience four different areas of law, each lasting six months.  As real estate is such a large part of our legal offering it's likely that one of your seats will be with one of our Real Estate teams.

In each seat you'll be supervised by a qualified lawyer and support will also be on hand from our Recruitment Manager who will attend your mid and end seat reviews and communicate regularly with you about seat rotations and preferences for your qualification at the end of your Training Contract.

You'll also have the support of the wider Trainee group, in particular your own year cohort, as you support and knowledge share your experiences informally and more formally at quarterly Trainee knowledge sharing meetings and there's plenty of occasions to socialise with the other Trainees and also the wider firm with many social events on offer.

For a real flavour of what it's like to be a Trainee at VWV, why not take a look at some of the blogs our Trainees have written.

Why choose us?

You'll receive a starting salary of £23,000, a £2,000 grant towards your living costs while you study and if you haven’t yet started the LPC, we'll sponsor you for that also.  And whilst the latter may be frustrating if you've already started or completed the LPC, then there's good news as there's a good chance you'll be able to start your Training Contract early as we offer Training Contracts to a good proportion of our internal Paralegals each year, freeing up external spaces year on year.

And if that's not enough we'll also contribute to your pension pot, offer holiday allowance that increases on a year's employment, give you private healthcare and life assurance, offer a range of discounts with local businesses and with so many excellent internal training programmes on offer to everyone it's so easy to develop and improve your skills even outside of your Training Contract.

VWV is known for its friendly and welcoming culture so team work and collaboration is key.  With around 500 employees we’re big enough to win the big ticket work but small enough to know our people as individuals and help our star performers shine, see the video for what our people have to say about us.

Research by TomTom found that Birmingham is one of the least congested cities in the UK aiding your commute to work and a city that's leading the way in sustainable public transport with their launch of greener buses.  And with 40% of the population being under the age of 25, there's no shortage of choice for an evening out that's filled with culture.

We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity, we're striving to create an environment where everyone, regardless of background, can reach their full potential.

So who are we hoping will apply?

Training to be a solicitor is academically challenging so your academic results will need to reflect that challenge and whilst not essential any Paralegal experience you have will provide an opportunity to draw on your previous experiences from within a legal environment and demonstrate your enhanced commercial awareness.  

And we love to see applications where passion for commercial law and our firm shine through and meet with potential candidates who embody our core values around team work, commerciality and putting the client at the centre of everything we do.   If that's you and you have a flexible and resilient approach, then you're really ticking all the boxes!

You’re interested so what happens now?

Click the apply button to start working on your online application, the closing date is not until 30 June so take your time to get it right as your application won't be looked at until after the closing date.  If you would also like to be considered for one of our other locations, no need to do a separate application, there's a section where you can indicate interest in other locations on this application form.

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