Associates

Associate personnel provide a valuable resource to the College of Policing, bringing current, relevant and specialist skills that complement our staff.

Associate roles include trainers, coaches, assessors, designers, invigilators and expert witnesses.

Associates are "individuals who are independent of the College and who are sourced directly on a personal basis, or via an agency, charity, partnership or limited company for specific tasks".   Please note that currently employed police officers, police staff, civil servants or employees of any other public sector body cannot be engaged through this route.

We have been reviewing the way in which we work with our Associates.  This has been prompted by a number of factors including queries raised by our staff and Associates.  It has also coincided with changes to off-payroll working in the public sector, referred to broadly as IR35.

As a result, we have developed new ways of working that we hope will address these issues and are documented in the new Associates Policy and supporting documentation. If you have any questions about this please email associatespolicy@college.pnn.police.uk

Important information

  • Associates are engaged on an ad hoc basis for specific, short-term, discrete pieces of work. 
  • In order to become an Associate it is necessary to apply, and be successful in a competitive process, to be in one or more Associate pools.
  • As pools are created they will be advertised on this webpage.
  • Selection into the pools will be based on the skills, experience and competencies required. 
  • All applications are subject to security vetting and reference checks. 
  • Payment is dependent on the nature of the work undertaken. 
  • Acceptance into any Associate pool does not guarantee the offer of work. 
  • The College will make PAYE deductions in respect of income tax and primary national insurance contributions from any payments made to comply with HMRC requirements. Associates should be aware also of the requirement that public sector organisations will have to ensure compliance with IR35 intermediaries legislation from April 2017. Some questions and answers about how the College applies IR35 are listed here. When you have read the questions, please e-mail IR35Compliance@college.pnn.police.uk with any further queries.
  • Associates wishing to undertake a Trainer role must hold a level 4 teacher/trainer qualification, such as a Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS Level 4), Diploma in Learning and Development, Certificate in Education, NVQ 4 Learning and Development or equivalent.
  • Police officers, police staff and civil servants cannot be engaged as Associates.​​​​​
  • All Associates, with the exception of invigilators, will be required to pay for and maintain their own level of vetting.  The recommended level will be in accordance with the scope of work for each individual pool. 

         The pricing structure of the available vetting levels is as follows: 

                 * NPPV 1 £55 per application (valid for 3 years provided engagements in each 12 month period)

                * NPPV 2 £95 per application (valid for 3 years provided engagements in each 12 month period)

                * NPPV 3 £145 per application (valid for 7 years with a £10 annual security review)

                * Additional CTC £21

                * Additional SC £21

Current opportunities

We will begin advertising pools in the near future.

To express your interest in joining one or more of these pools and being an Associate, please complete either the Associate Expression of Interest Form, or complete the Invigilator and SME Expression of Interest Form as specified and return the applicable form to associates@college.pnn.police.uk.

Only Expressions of Interest relevant to the advertised pools will be considered.  Please make it clear in your Expression of Interest the pool(s) you are applying for.

From 1st April 2018 we will only engage Associates who have been successful in securing a place in one or more of the pools. In the meantime existing engagements will continue as normal.

Direct Entry - Sifter

Summary:

Applicants for the Direct Entry Programme are required to complete an application form as the first stage of the recruitment process. The College requires associates to assess responses to competency based questions (CBQ) in the application form, and decide whether to progress applicants to the next recruitment stage.

Tasks/Responsibilities:

Attendance and successful completion of training course.
Conduct accurate and objective assessment of responses to CBQ, in line with Assessor Guidance Notes, within the Direct Entry application form.
Complete necessary documentation and paperwork to required standard.
Provide a short summary to justify the rating awarded for each of the questions.
To log scores and comments onto the required system/documentation.
To review and compare your scores with a co-assessor and discuss any differences.
To act on feedback provided by Quality Assurer.
To quality assure other assessments for consistency and accuracy.
Provide constructive feedback to other assessors on accuracy and consistency of feedback.
Comply with College of Policing requirements of security and confidentiality
Comply with the College of Policing Code of Conduct and actively challenge any behaviour that is not in keeping with this policy. Overall, to help ensure that the assessing of applicant responses is conducted fairly and accurately.

Skills/Abilities:

  1. Ability to work in a timely manner and meet deadlines.
  2. A flexible approach to work, prepared to work alone or as a team member.
  3. Sound judgement and the ability to assess others objectively, fairly and with consistency.
  4. High levels of concentration and stamina.
  5. An ability to monitor own performance and undertake self-development.
  6. Confidence to take responsibility for decisions.
  7. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, being able to provide constructive feedback to others.

Experience:

  1. Independence from the police service - applications can only be accepted from Individuals that are not currently, or have been in the past, employed in a permanent role (officer or police staff) in a police force. This does not include individuals who have worked as independent advisors or consultants to police forces.
  2. Experience of conducting assessment.
  3. Experience at senior manager level.
  4. Experience of assessing at a senior manager level.

Location of work:  Home-based

Dates:  Between 5 March and 25 March 2018.

IR35 status:  Within IR35 - the College or intermediary will deduct income tax prior to payment

Fees & Expenses:

Fee per day: £350
Travel @ 40p per mile for travel by car, or standard class public transport

Other expenses: Training rate £100

Vetting Level required:  NPPV2

Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest:  9 am on Friday 17 November 2017

Direct Entry - Telephone Interviewer

Summary:

Applicants for the Direct Entry Programme are required to complete a telephone
interview as the second stage of the recruitment process. The College requires
associates to assess responses to questions asked during the telephone
interview, and decide whether to progress applicants to the next recruitment
stage.

Tasks/Responsibilities:

Attendance and successful completion of training course.
Conduct accurate and objective assessment of response during telephone
interviews, in line with Assessor Guidance Notes.
Work with other assessors to assess candidate responses in line with ORCE
methodology.
Complete necessary documentation and paperwork to required standard.
Provide a short summary to justify the rating awarded for each of the questions.
To log scores and comments onto the required system/documentation.
To review and compare your scores with a co-assessor and discuss any
differences.
To act on feedback provided by Quality Assurer.
To quality assure other assessments for consistency and accuracy.
Provide constructive feedback to other assessors on accuracy and consistency of
feedback.
Comply with College of Policing requirements of security and confidentiality
Comply with the College of Policing Code of Conduct and actively challenge any
behaviour that is not in keeping with this policy. Overall, to help ensure that the
assessing of applicant responses is conducted fairly and accurately.

Skills/Abilities:

  1. Ability to work in a timely manner and meet deadlines.
  2. A flexible approach to work, prepared to work alone or as a team member.
  3. Sound judgement and the ability to assess others objectively, fairly and with
    consistency.
  4. High levels of concentration and stamina.
  5. An ability to monitor own performance and undertake self-development.
  6. Confidence to take responsibility for decisions.
  7. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, being able to
    provide constructive feedback to others.

Experience:

  1. Independence from the police service - applications can only be accepted from
    Individuals that are not currently, or have been in the past, employed in a
    permanent role (officer or police staff) in a police force. This does not include
    individuals who have worked as independent advisors or consultants to police
    forces.
  2. Experience of conducting assessment.
  3. Experience at senior manager level.
  4. Experience of assessing at a senior manager level.

Location of work:  Home-based

Dates:  Between 19 March and 15 April 2018.

IR35 status:  Within IR35 - the College or intermediary will deduct income tax prior to payment.

Fees & Expenses:

Fee per day: £350
Travel @ 40p per mile for travel by car, or standard class public transport.

Other expenses:  Training rate £100

Vetting Level required:  NPPV2

Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest:  9 am on Friday 17 November 2017

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