Traditionally apprenticeships were associated with on-the-job training for young people, typically aged between 16 and 24.
While this may have been true in the past, it is not the reality today for us or in the workplace generally.
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 now starting to provide opportunities for selected police staff vacancies.
Police Officer Recruitment
From 2020 recruitment to Wiltshire Police is set to change with the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship which is being introduced nationally by all police forces as part of the drive for greater professionalism.
Further details on entry requirements and timings will be made available in due course.
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.