A new scheme has been introduced to enable smaller firms to hire trainee solicitors.
Support for a new generation of solicitors
The scheme provides funding of €18,000 to the training firm over the course of the two-year training contract. It will also provide funding of €7,000 to the trainee solicitor by way of a discount on the Professional Practice Course I (PPC I) fee. In 2021, five such grants will be made available.
The proposed training contract firm should:
- be located outside of the City and County of Dublin and the urban districts of Cork, Limerick and Galway,
- be a small firm, consisting of five or fewer solicitors (including principal, partners, consultants and employed solicitors), and
- agree to pay the trainee at least the living wage (currently €12.30 per hour).
For more information, download the Small Practice Traineeship Grant rules.
Two recipients of the Small Practice Traineeship Grant have kindly shared how the scheme helped them, and their firms.
2020 grant recipient, Phelim O’Neill, Co. Roscommon
"From my experience seeking a traineeship, I learned you should not fear voicing the idea of the Small Practice Traineeship Grant. It adds an extra element to your CV and may just secure that much-needed traineeship. The application form is short and simple, and I could not believe my luck when I found out I was selected as one of the five recipients in 2020."
See Donna's story
2020/201 Grant Recipient, Browne & Co. Solicitors LLP, Co. Donegal
"The Small Practice Traineeship Grant, together with the PPC Hybrid Course, allowed me not only to initiate my traineeship without the initial worry of the fees, but also not having to spend an extended period of time away from home. My training firm was always supportive of me completing the course and were delighted with the grant to help towards the cost. I was already employed in the firm prior to my traineeship so it was great to be able to stay there and complete my traineeship. I am 20 minutes from my home which suits perfectly."
See Jason's story
Apply by 2 July 2021
Entries for the grant must be submitted by 2 July 2021.