Previous Article Next Article CPS invests in existing talent with scholarshipOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) wants to give the legal system a newlegitimacy in the eyes of the public, by training its administrative staff tobecome prosecutors. In the past, the legal profession has been criticised for not being remotelyrepresentative of the community it serves. Since the scheme started six months ago, 230 staff have taken the chance tobecome solicitors or barristers. The CPS hopes the scheme will increase diversity and help the service becomemore inclusive by encouraging people who face educational and financialbarriers to joining the profession. The CPS will invest £4m in the next three years to enable its employees tobe sponsored to undertake part-time law courses, which can take up to eightyears to complete. HR director Angela O’Connor said there was a lot of untapped talent in theCPS, which could benefit both local communities and the organisation itself. “With this scheme, we are engaging people from local communities, andsince our basic business is making communities safer, this is critical,”she said. “It is also a good message to the organisation and helps morale whenstaff know you’re willing to invest in them – it says we think they’re worthit,” said O’Connor. The CPS is the biggest law firm in the UK, employing 7,499 staff, a third ofwhom are lawyers. It deals with 1.5 million cases a year in the UK courts. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.