RollOnMonday is a work placement programme which helps disadvantaged people, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to find employment in law firms or related businesses. It's a joint venture between RollOnFriday, the online legal community, and St Mungo's, a leading homelessness charity. It has been made possible by the generous funding and wider support of law firm, Osborne Clarke.
How does it work?
RollOnFriday finds law firms willing to offer work placement opportunities and St Mungo's clients are offered the opportunities. Roles vary depending on the vacancies and needs of the firm, but all of the placements offer meaningful work experience.
Candidates initially work for two weeks on expenses only. Assuming everything goes well, they then work for three months on at least the London Living Wage. While some firms may be in a position to offer a permanent role at the end of the three month placement, there is no expectation of this. The opportunity to gain valuable experience at a well-respected firm is the focus for all candidates.
What has been the success to date?
A pilot of the programme, originally designed to help three or four candidates, has now supported more than 45 people to access work placement opportunities. One candidate has already been promoted and is now undertaking a part-time masters degree.
Organisations that have already signed up include (but are not limited to):
BPP Law School
Shearman & Sterling
The Garfield Weston Foundation
Weil, Gotshal, Manges
White & Case
We are extremely grateful to Next PLC and Marks & Spencer PLC for providing formal clothing to candidates on the scheme.
The programme is overseen by a steering committee of leaders within the legal sector. Click here for the full details of this group.
Thanks to the generosity of Osborne Clarke, St Mungo's has been able to employ a full-time member of staff to expand this scheme in 2016. We aim, ultimately, to help more than 100 people into work over the next two years.
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