Traditionally, apprenticeships were on-the-job training for young people, typically aged 16 to 24. This is not the reality today in Wiltshire Police, or generally in the workplace. Today, they have equivalent educational levels, from GCSE (Level 2) to Degrees up to Masters level and there is no upper age limit.
The Government has set a public sector target to employ more people in apprenticeship schemes. They offer great opportunities for employees to learn new skills and work towards a qualification while being paid, supporting personal development and helping staff retention. During the apprenticeship, employees will be released for up to 20 per cent of the working week for training.
Ann is an HR Administrator taking a CIPD Level 3 apprenticeship qualification with Wiltshire College and University Centre. Previously she travelled with her husband who was in the military. She appreciates the support from lecturers who she visits weekly at the Lackham Campus for her in-class sessions. 'Now my husband has retired, this as my time to settle down into a job I enjoy. The police have so many roles, and opportunities for people from all backgrounds.' Ann has already progressed within her role and hopes to become a HR Advisor.
Lucy is a Recruitment Coordinator taking a CIPD Level 3 apprenticeship, attending weekly sessions at Lackham Campus to complete her assignments where she gets support from lecturers and classmates 'I never wanted to go to university so the apprenticeship scheme is perfect for me. I can go to work and it doesn't affect my family life. I still have my own time and the police are flexible with my hours.' Lucy always wanted to be a police officer, but suffered an injury and couldn't pursue her dream. Knowing the force has other opportunities was a great comfort.
Apprenticeship opportunities will be on our Our Staff Vacancies Page
The College of Policing has introduced a new, professional framework for training police officers and police staff. It sets professional qualification levels for the police service as a whole by rank or responsibility. As well as police officer recruitment changes, professional training for many police staff roles, PCSOs and Special Constables will also change over time.
One of the fundamental requirements of a profession is the basis on which practitioners can exercise a high degree of individual autonomy and independence of judgement.
The criteria which define professional discretion can vary, but the common core elements are:
Until now, policing did not have consistent, national education levels for all policing roles or ranks reflecting current and future challenges, nor an entry level qualification commensurate with that of a profession.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is the first new apprenticeship programme being delivered as a result of PEQF. It is one of three new entry routes into policing starting in June 2020, in partnership with the University of South Wales (USW).
See our Police Officer careers pages for more information.