Who can apply? Anyone from a previously disadvantaged background who is interested in becoming a secretary in the legal environment, specifically intellectual property.
About the Programme
Trainees receive the training at no cost to themselves and will receive a stipend for participating in the learnership. All we require is a willingness to be trained and be prepared to work under pressure for the duration of the course.
The course runs for a period of one year from 1 March to 28 February the next year, with a mid-year exam and a stringent final exam. Practical training takes place in all of the following departments: Patents, Trade Marks, Commercial and Conveyancing .
During the first 5-6 months typing/keyboarding skills are developed, with an introduction to the legal environment and working life in general. Only those trainees who have excelled during this phase will be able to continue with Phase II, which is more advanced and prepares the trainees for the work environment, concentrating on typing speed, advanced audio typing, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as other essential secretarial skills, such as proficient note-taking, writing letters and memos, taking initiative and responsibility, and preparing all kinds of relevant correspondence.
NB. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25 years
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