Wiltshire's first 'policing apprenticeship' students start training

Wiltshire's first 'policing apprenticeship' students start training

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 4:31pm 30th June 2020.

4 minute read

40 student officers are taking part in the programme that will eventually help them gain a degree level qualification in policing.

It's a three year apprenticeship course, reduced to a two year diploma for those who already have a degree.

The new national scheme's been set up by the College of Policing, with Wiltshire Police delivering the course in partnership with the University of South Wales.

The recruits started their training this week (Monday 29th June) and will begin by doing online learning, because of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Wiltshire Police Apprenticeship Degree Students June 2020
Wiltshire Police's new apprenticeship students

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said:

"I am proud to welcome the first students to Wiltshire taking the new apprenticeship degree or the graduate diploma and wish them well with their policing careers. The introduction of the programme heralds an important landmark in the continued development of policing in the country, with all new recruits now graduating with a degree level qualification in policing.

"We are on track for a significant uplift in police officer numbers over the next few years, with a further 120 students expected to start over the next 12 months.
 
"Increases in the Council Tax policing precept and additional Government funding means we can recruit, train and deploy even more officers to tackle crime and the issues that are really important to our communities."

All of the students on the course are fully warranted police officers once they've completed their initial training.

They'll continue their studies as they join their community policing teams, with some protected time dedicated to learning alongside their roles as constables.

JENNIE'S STORY

Jennie is one of the students taking on the course. 

Wiltshire Police Apprenticeship Degree Student Jennie June 2020
Jennie is one of the students taking on the apprenticeship degree

She's new to Wiltshire and is a former soldier - spending 12 years serving with the Royal Engineers, based in Germany for a time.

Jennie's also worked for the NHS, in the antenatal unit of a hospital in Surrey. 

The 37 year old mum of two says she's excited to start a new career in policing, saying: 

"I want to make a positive impact on the community and also, it will be nice to prove to the kids I can do this!"

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson says that as a former apprentice himself, he's pleased to see the degree brought in: 

"When we talk about apprenticeships, I'm a firm supporter. The training programme is ambitious and will benefit our officers, the force as a whole and the communities they serve. It also serves to show that policing is a demanding job, requiring professional skills and knowledge."

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A POLICE OFFICER? 

Police officer recruitment at Wiltshire Police isn't expected to open again until early 2021, but expressions of interest can still be registered through the Wiltshire Police Talent Bank website.
 
Candidates have to have two GCSEs and one A Level or equivalent to apply - but you don't need a degree to apply.  

Applicants must be at least 17 years old at the time of application and 18 when they start training, with no maximum age limit.  

You can find out more from the Wiltshire Police website.

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