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Police officer apprenticeships

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The way that police officers are being trained is changing in 2019. The training will change to a three-year apprenticeship, unless someone has a policing degree already. If a policing degree is already held, they will instead only need to complete a localisation course.

In April 2017 the Government introduced the apprenticeship levy to focus training on this type of qualification. 

The College of Policing has developed a new Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) that will support forces to deliver apprenticeships. This will mean that new police constables will either;

  • join and undertake a three year degree apprenticeship training programme
  • join with a degree qualification and undertake a policing skills conversion programme, or;
  • independently complete a policing degree at university and then apply to join for a local familiarisation course.

This approach will transform the education of officers and provide vital skills for modern policing. 

Apprenticeships allow you to train as a police officer, get paid as you learn and provide a permanent job when you qualify. The training is a partnership between you, the police force and a higher education institute. As well as practical on-the-job learning, 20 percent of your time will be spent studying in higher education.

The anticipated date for the first intake of police officer apprentices is late 2019. More information will appear here as soon as it is available.

If you have any questions about apprenticeships or training as a police officer, please email our recruitment team.

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