Opportunities now and in the future
Traditionally apprenticeships were associated with on-the-job training for young people, typically aged 16 to 24. This is not the reality today in Wiltshire Police and generally in the workplace.
Today, apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels ranging from GCSE (Level 2) to degrees up to Masters level - and there is no upper age limit.
As a major employer, we have been set a public sector target by Government to employ more people in apprenticeship schemes. We are starting to offer apprenticeships now for selected police staff vacancies and in the coming years will be introducing them for PCSO and Police Officer recruitment.
Police Staff Apprenticeships
We are now starting to introduce apprenticeships for a range of police staff roles across the Force. They offer great opportunities for employees to learn new skills and work towards a qualification while being paid, as well as supporting personal development and helping staff retention. During the apprenticeship, staff will be released for up to 20 per cent of the working week for learning and training purposes.
We are assessing which vacancies align with the new Apprenticeship Standards and all suitable vacancies will be advertised on careers pages online.
Police Officer Recruitment
From 2020, Police Officer recruitment will be through the Police Officer Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). This is being introduced nationally by all police forces as part of the drive for greater professionalism.
Entry requirements will vary from force to force. Typically a police officer will be 18 or older, and is highly likely to have achieved a Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) and Level 2 in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) prior to entry.
The apprenticeship will take three years and at the end of the course delegates will be awarded a Professional Policing Practice Degree.
Police Community Support Officers
The required standard for Police Community Support Officers (PCSO)has been approved nationally and is ready for delivery. The introduction of PCSO apprenticeships within Wiltshire Police is currently under discussion.
Entry requirements vary from force to force. Typically a PCSO will be 18 or older, and highly likely to have achieved a Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) and Level 2 in English and Mathematics (or equivalents) prior to entry. The apprenticeship will take one year minimum; at the end of the course a Level 4 PCSO qualification will be awarded.