Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) | The bar

As QWE can be done in up to four separate organizations, with no minimum duration for an internship, this is considerably more flexible than the current recognized training period (the “Training Agreement”).

Some companies and organizations that did not feel able to offer the breadth of experience necessary for a recognized training period are embracing this change by offering shorter QWE periods.

This allows candidates to follow a portfolio approach where they can accumulate a total of two years of QWE through different internships, giving them experience in a wider range of areas.

Part-time QWE

There is also the possibility of having more part-time QWEs.

For example, legal clinics offering part-time internships to students can determine how much that equates to full-time equivalent, and can then confirm this as part of an applicant’s QWE.

This approach to companies and organizations would have an advantage in terms of equality and diversity. This allows candidates to gain valuable and necessary experience while balancing other things in their lives, such as caring commitments.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are turning to hybrid working models for their junior employees, combining remote work and time in the office.

This way, companies and organizations may be able to open up places to people who previously could not consider a full-time in-person training place.

Read our advice on remote supervision which explores this in more detail

Maria D. Ervin