Flexible traineeships

The Society encourages trainees and those wishing to offer traineeships to think creatively about how these traineeships could be carried out.  This page outlines some of the benefits of flexible traineeships and how the Society can assist.  Read about an example of a flexible traineeship.

What are flexible traineeships?

The traineeship is usually a full-time, two-year training contract at one organisation but it is possible for traineeships to be carried out more flexibly. Some examples of this type of traineeship are:

  • shared traineeships - when a trainee works at more than one firm or organisation over the course of the traineeship
  • part-time traineeships - when a trainee works on a part-time basis, and the length of the traineeship is altered to reflect the part-time hours
  • further secondments - a trainee may have the opportunity to go on secondment more than once during the training period

Please note that a traineeship must be two years or the equivalent pro rata for part-time training. 

Flexible traineeships are usually arranged by the trainee themselves, and anyone wishing to carry out a flexible traineeship must make an application to the Society’s Admissions Sub Committee for permission to do so.  The Committee will usually wish to see a training plan detailing how it is proposed that the traineeship will be carried out, particularly the supervision arrangements, TCPD and PQPR arrangements,  and details of who will be responsible for overseeing the training (ie will the contract be with one firm/organisation or will it be with two or more).

What are the benefits of a flexible traineeship?

Flexible traineeships can offer significant advantages to organisations and prospective trainees.

For organisations this can include:

  • shared cost of salary and training
  • reduced cost of salary if the trainee is working part-time
  • potential reduction in recruitment costs for solicitors in the future
  • trainees with unique experiences and new perspectives
  • attracting new lawyers into your organisation
  • developing your business profile
  • building links with clients

For trainees this can include:

  • unique opportunities for training
  • a traineeship that fits in with your personal requirements
  • the opportunity to work in different environments and practice areas
  • a range of clients and projects during the traineeship
  • building links with organisations in the legal profession

Need advice?

For advice in relation to flexible traineeships, or to discuss making an application to the Admissions Sub Committee email katiewood@lawscot.org.uk or call 0131 226 7411 and choose Option 3.


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