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Apprentices pass with flying colours at Derbyshire Constabulary

Apprentices at Derbyshire Constabulary celebrate great start to their career

Eleven talented young people are celebrating after completing their apprenticeships with Derbyshire Constabulary. A special ceremony was held at the force’s headquarters in Ripley last week where the Deputy Chief Constable congratulated them on their successful start to a promising career.

The apprentices have been working towards a Level 2 in Business Administration in various departments across the organisation from forensics to finance and criminal justice to crime support. They have been congratulated by managers for their enthusiasm, aptitude and academic abilities as well as for the way they consistently delivered a high standard of work.

Gary Knighton, Deputy Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary said;

“Our apprenticeship programme is really important because it allows us to bring young people into the organisation who come with a whole range of new skills. We want to nurture and develop these young people to give them a good start to their careers. I am delighted to see so many of the apprentices we have worked with over the last year move into full time roles or higher level apprenticeships with us.”

Working with Learning Unlimited, Derbyshire Constabulary has developed their apprenticeship programme to ensure apprentices are given a wide range of work experiences and quality training support to gain a qualification, at the same time as equipping them with vital employability skills.

Courtney Ellis, age 19 from Heanor, has been working as an administrative support assistant in the Operations Support team. She told us:

“I have learnt so much over the last 12 months of my apprenticeship. I am based with the command team on a day to day basis which has given me the chance to work alongside the firearms department, the collision officers and the dog team. It has given me a real insight into how the constabulary operates and how vital support roles like the one I have been doing are to the organisation.”

Louie Spooner, age 17 from Derby, said;

“It’s a fantastic place to work. I never realised just how big an organisation it is so it’s been fascinating to find out the sheer size and reach Derbyshire Constabulary has. I’ve worked across a range of departments and all of the staff are incredibly supportive and want you to do well. I’m progressing on to a Level 3 in Social Media and Digital Marketing now and I can’t wait to get started.

Derbyshire Constabulary apprentices Louie Spooner and Chloe Ellis.