Trainee recruitment code amended

July 30, 2015 The trainee recruitment code has been amended and will now allow firms to recruit students who are two years away from graduation. In many cases, that means the students' second year at university. Before this amendment, firms were not allowed to make training contract offers until the students' final year.

The code is signed voluntarily by its constituents. Earlier this year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority withdrew its support for the code. The move prompted a discussion on the value of the code and whether any changes were necessary.

The amended code takes effect this September. While offers can be made earlier than before, it remains unchanged that firms may not pressure students to commit to an offer before 15 September of their final year at university. And, once a student does accept an offer, it is incumbent upon them to withdraw from other firms' recruitment processes.

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