We prescribe learning outcomes for all trainees to achieve over the course of their two-year traineeship. These are referred to as the Professional Education and Training Stage 2 outcomes or PEAT 2 outcomes.
These PEAT 2 outcomes relate to:
- professional communication
- professional ethics and standards
- business, commercial, financial and practice awareness
Substantive and relevant legal knowledge underpins all of the outcomes and is therefore essentially also an outcome. However, we have not defined 'substantive and relevant legal knowledge' because this could vary enormously depending on the nature of the training firm or the area of law that the trainee is working in.
Over the course of a two-year traineeship, trainees should be given work, tasks and activities which allow them to work towards, and achieve, the PEAT 2 outcomes. The end result being that they achieve the 'standard of the qualifying solicitor' - the exit standard for all trainees.
A trainee's achievement of the PEAT 2 outcomes should be recorded and reflected upon in the PEAT 2 record, discussed at each PEAT 2 quarterly performance review and aided by undertaking required continuing professional development for trainees (CPD).