Recruitment is now open for the latest group of police staff apprentices, starting in September 2019.

Based at our headquarters site in Ripley, the ten Business and Administration Apprentices will each be assigned to different teams across the organisation.

As well as being able to gain experience within a busy public sector organisation, apprentices will also work towards a number of different qualifications.

For more information, or to access the application, please visit the gov.uk Find an Apprenticeship portal.

If you have any questions about the apprenticeship, please contact Wendy Taylor at Learning Unlimited on 01332 296995, or wendy.taylor@learningunlimiteduk.com. Any enquiries should be sent to the training provider directly, and not Derbyshire Constabulary.

The closing date for applications is April 30 2019.

Our apprentices

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019 we shined the spotlight on a few of our apprentices within Derbyshire Constabulary, so they can share their experiences of working for the organisation.

Saffron

Saffron Moncrieff works in our Business Futures department. Here’s what she had to say about her time as an apprentice so far:

“When I went through sixth form, I realised that university wasn’t really for me, but at the same time, I didn’t feel like I had the experience to go straight into work. I’d always looked at apprenticeships and thought of it as something I’d want to do – it would mean I could get the relevant experience, as well as a qualification at the end of it.

“All the apprentices here have such varied roles. Within the area I work, I started by creating documents and helping out around the office, and then I began managing people’s calendars, organising events and booking rooms, so I’ve been given a lot more responsibility.

“During my time here, I’ve learnt a lot of people skills. I thought I was quite sociable, but I’ve realised that this role has helped me become a lot more confident than I was!

“After having insights into different departments and seeing all the roles available within the police, I definitely have a better idea of what I want to do now. I’ve actually now applied to become a police officer!

“I don’t want to leave; I think it’s such a great place to work! Everyone is just so supportive and I feel really comfortable here. The apprenticeship has allowed me to get my foot in the door.”

Joseph

PC Joseph Cunningham is one of our first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship students. Working towards a degree in policing, he balances studying at the University of Derby, with hands-on training as a front-line police officer:

“I thought it was good to get a degree behind me for the future, but also be able to do what normal cops do on a daily basis.

“I’m really enjoying my time with my tutor, getting to know the section, attending all different kinds of jobs. It’s stressful, but you do get used to it, and I’m really enjoying it.

“For anyone interested, it’s a lot to take on – if you were going to do this, think about your own personal commitment and your motivation to do the job.

“It’s a huge responsibility, but at the end of the three years, it’s going to be very rewarding.”

Craig

Craig Gozzard is an apprentice who works within our Information Services department. He supports teams who work to ensure that staff and officers have all the technology they need to do their jobs, and best serve our communities:

“Before I became an apprentice, I worked in a local cinema in Derby. Although I enjoyed working there, I found after a while that I wanted something a bit more. I was considering university as an option, and I actually went there for a semester, but found it wasn’t the avenue I wanted to take.

“I was definitely more business-focused when I was working in the private sector, but as soon as I started at Derbyshire Constabulary, I thought ‘this is fantastic!’

“I love what I’m doing – it’s busy sometimes, from the work stand point, but it’s extremely rewarding to know that you are helping people out on the front line.

“Working within a policing environment was not something I really considered, but when I looked into it and worked in the organisation, I realised how welcoming and friendly it is – they want you to progress, and you always get thanked when you do something positive.

“I’m enjoying what I’m doing; enjoying the work and the people that I’m working with. It’s given me more of structure and a vision as to what I want to look towards as a career.”

Alison

Alison Smale works within the Operational Support department, and supports officers with areas such as transport, hotels and meetings. She also has the opportunity to go out with officers to see front-line policing in action:

“I initially went to college to do level two and three qualifications in beauty. I always wanted to be a police officer anyway, so I thought an apprenticeship would provide me with experience while working and making money.

“I’ve been out with Roads Policing Unit and watched a Taser demonstration. I’m also hopefully going out with the Collision Investigation Unit, Taskforce and Forensics soon. This gives me a feel of loads of different areas of policing and what they do.

“Because we support the officers, it’s a good way of getting a feel of what they do, as it makes it easier to know what they need. It’s not what I expected when I came into the role. I thought I’d be sat in an office for most of the day, but we’re always out and about supporting police officers.

“The apprenticeship has also allowed me to develop my confidence. When I started, I was quite shy, but now I’m always on the phone and off talking to officers.

“If you’re interested in joining the police as an apprentice, do it! Not only are you getting experience as an apprentice, but also get to see what front-line policing is like. You get to see how hard they work, and that’s something that’s inspired me to look at applying in the future.”

Louie

Louie Spooner is currently our Internal Communications Officer. He has been with us since October 2016, studying Business Admin and Creative & Digital Media.

Louie said: "I started my career in force in the HR Service Centre, before moving to Retained HR, then the Equality Unit, and now Communication & Engagement. I've seen quite a lot of different areas across the Constabulary and really enjoyed meeting different people and learning about what they do.

"At the moment, my key responsibility is to communicate key messages and updates across the force through various means including videos, announcements, magazines and Idea Drop, to name a few. 

"I am heavily invovled with the force's Equality Unit. Creating a fair, equal working enviroment for everyone is something that is important to me. I consider myself and LGBT+ Ally, a Diversity Champion and Mental Health + Wellbeing is something I'm really passionate about.

"Derbyshire Constabulary really is a great place to work, and there are so many people willing to help you do well. If anyone is considering an apprenticeship with the force I would definitely encourage them to apply."