Young people are overconfident slackers who don’t have a clue about the real world, new research has revealed.
The joint study by the Financial Skills Partnership and Career Academies UK focuses in particular on youths’ ignorance about the growing number of school-leaver apprenticeship options being offered by large organisations.
It found that young people "believed they had a high level of awareness of apprenticeships, but further questioning revealed their knowledge was inaccurate and shallow".
The findings also suggested that young people were unthinkingly choosing university in favour of other options, such as unemployment.
Various top law firms, including Kennedys, DWF, and Pinsent Masons, have launched apprenticeships over the last couple of years. The programmes see school-leavers qualify as lawyers via the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) route.
Views about CILEX qualification vary – often provoking fierce debate among members of the legal profession, as I outlined in this piece for Guardian Law.
Want to find out if your knowledge about legal careers beats your average moron teen? Take the Legal Cheek test.
Silk returned for its second series last night, enraging the country’s more pedantic legal professionals – many of whom took to Twitter to vent their spleen at the show with outbursts along the lines of:
But there’s no such thing as female robing rooms!?
How dare they suggest our ethics could be compromised by the legal aid cuts!?
Judges can’t tell juries to find people guilty, god dammit!
We would never, ever use a euphemism like “swimming in the ladies pond”!
Meanwhile, there has been a huge spike in LLB, GDL, LPC and BPTC applications as a generation of youngsters aspire "to be the next Martha Costello".
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