In a first for British policing, new recruits will join forces as apprentices

This year officers will mix on-the-job training with off-the-job learning

Plans are progressing to see the first police apprentices join forces later this year.
College CEO, Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, addressed senior leaders across policing at an event marking National Apprenticeship Week earlier this month.

Delegates including the Police Federation, the Police Superintendents' Association and the National Police Autism Association heard about the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.
This is a professional degree-level apprenticeship for new recruits to join the service as an apprentice police constable and earn while they learn. During the three-year programme the apprentice will complete a degree in professional policing practice.

Chief Constable Cunningham said: "These new entry routes into policing provide different options to joining the police service and will help the service appeal to a wider cross-section of the communities served, thereby aiding forces to attract and recruit a more diverse workforce."

You can find out more about apprenticeships by visiting the Policing Education Qualifications Framework page.

Outside the event Chief Constable Cunningham added: "This year we will see officers join the service for the first time through a degree apprenticeship where they will mix on-the-job training with off-the-job learning to cover areas that are critical to policing in the 21st century, such as cybercrime and dealing with vulnerable people.  This is significant step and will assist the service in building a workforce capable of meeting demand in the future.

"Police apprentices will earn while they learn and we expect that it will open up the service to people who may not otherwise have felt they could apply.

"At the same time, almost all forces can access funds to support the training of apprentices through the recouping of monies paid into the apprenticeship levy.

"Those already in policing will already know that training to be a constable is not easy. Completing this new apprenticeship will continue policing's tradition of producing capable problem-solvers, communicators, negotiators and leaders, and it will be acknowledged with a recognised qualification. This is something we look forward to supporting."

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