Business Administration Apprentice
Kirsty Holding’s apprenticeship with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire has given her career a real kick-start into a job she loves.
Kirsty was the first apprentice to work in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and 15 months later, after successfully gaining her level 3 in Business Administration, she was appointed as the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive and Treasurer.
After Kirsty finished her A Levels she was delighted when the chance of an apprenticeship came up within the Commissioner’s office. Kirsty was already a Special Constable for Derbyshire Constabulary, so this inspired her to think about a career with the Police.
Kirsty said: “The apprenticeship gave me the chance to get practical experience and build upon my knowledge of policing. As part of the apprenticeship I got to see how different each department was within the Constabulary. The work-based learning style of the apprenticeship suited me as the tutor came to see me at work. The task and responsibilities which I was given within the office was great evidence for demonstrating my capabilities but also was sound evidence for my qualification. Through my experiences as a Special Constable for Derbyshire Constabulary and my apprenticeship within the Police and Crimes Commissioner’s office, I have been able to gain an understanding of the different aspects to policing.
At the end of my apprenticeship, the PA role was vacant so I applied and after an interview process, I was successfully appointed to the role. Without the initial opportunity and my apprenticeship, I wouldn’t have had the skills or experience I needed to get the job I love. I was so pleased when I got the job because it’s a great achievement and something which I have gone on to really enjoy.”
It is essential to give young people the best opportunity you can. As a large employer we have a responsibility to play a part in that through apprenticeships but we can also see how taking on apprentices benefits us too. We get a chance to grow our own staff and harness young talent. I have seen how apprentices grow up in the organisation and move on to work for us becoming very valued employees, just like Kirsty.
Alan Charles, Former Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire