Higher apprenticeship leads to promotion for James

After leaving school at 18, James Bateman, never dreamed he’d see the day when he would be graduating. But now he’s not only graduated with a higher apprenticeship in leadership and management, but has seen his career grow and develop due to his studies.

James Bateman at his Graduation Ceremony.

James Bateman at his Graduation Ceremony.

He studied for his Diploma around his work shifts at Derbyshire Constabulary. Graduating last week, he said: “Graduating was something that I never imagined would happen to me. I have never been very academic so I went straight in to the police force at 18 years old. I never thought I would return to education so when the opportunity arose at the age of 35, I was a little apprehensive to say the least!

“However, thanks to the support from my employers and colleagues at Derbyshire Constabulary, and the patience and support from my family and friends, here I am. My qualification has now enabled me to be promoted to a managerial role so it’s all been worth it.”

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