STEP joins consortium to get behind probate apprenticeship

Thursday, 30 October, 2014

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ decision to green-light a specialist Licensed Probate Practitioner apprenticeship under the Trailblazer program is welcomed by STEP, the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers is leading a consortium of ten major employers, supported by STEP as the professional body for estates practice, with the shared goal of developing probate apprenticeships to boost the number of qualified individuals entering the estates practice profession.

STEP’s Chief Executive David Harvey said: ‘Over the next 25 years there will be an enormous transfer of wealth across generations with many more of us living longer and facing the issues of aging. We will all need to be better advised, so encouraging younger practitioners into the profession now is vital.’

He added: ‘Opening up an apprentice vehicle into the private wealth sector means new practitioners will advance their careers early and will be well on the road to becoming tomorrow’s trusted advisors. STEP’s own qualifications can then provide a natural progression for apprentices advancing from the Licensed Probate Practitioner apprenticeship.’

Mr Harvey’s comments echoed those of CLC Chief Executive Sheila Kumar who said the program was ‘an important part of our commitment to widening access to the legal profession and ensuring there is a good supply of well qualified individuals to meet client demand.’

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: ‘I congratulate The Probate Practitioners Trailblazer for the key role it is playing in developing new, top-quality apprenticeships. Through the trailblazers initiative, companies like STEP in collaboration with their industry partners, will give people the skills they need to thrive and our businesses need to compete.’

STEP currently has 4,500 student members worldwide studying a number of formal qualifications ranging from entry-level programmes to advanced certificates and diplomas, which are supplemented by resources designed to provide continuing professional development and forums for knowledge sharing. 

The Licensed Probate Practitioner apprenticeship is expected to take three to five years to complete. More information on the apprenticeships is available at:

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