The hunt is on to find 13 apprentices to join Derbyshire Constabulary in administration and IT roles across different departments of the Force. Working with Learning Unlimited, Derbyshire Constabulary are searching for candidates who want to kick-start their career with the organisation.
The apprenticeship positions are based across many departments of the constabulary from operational support in traffic and forensics to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire. They offer the opportunity to work in interesting roles supporting the work of the police force.
Ex-apprentice Ryan Bond, aged 20 from Derby is encouraging other young people from across Derbyshire to consider apprenticeships as the next step after school. He completed his apprenticeship with the forensics team last year and is now working as an Exhibit Handling Officer in the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.
He told us: “I think apprenticeships have given me a bright future and I would recommend them to anyone. I had all sorts of ideas about what I would actually be allowed to do before I started and imagined it might involve making more than my fair share of cups of tea for the team but I couldn’t have been more wrong! From the very first day I have felt like a valued member of the team and I have been given lots of responsibility which really helped me to learn quickly.”
Kirsty Holding, age 20 from Derby also completed her apprenticeship last year and is now a Personal Assistant in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. She said: “Without the initial opportunity and my apprenticeship, I wouldn’t have had the skills or experience I needed to get the job I love. The work-based learning style of the apprenticeship suited me as the tutor came to see me at work. The tasks and responsibilities I was given within the office gave me a great way to demonstrate my capabilities and sound evidence for my qualification.”
Kirsty Norman, Human Resources Leadership and Talent Officer from Derbyshire Constabulary said: “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.”
The new apprenticeships will start in September and last for 13 months giving successful applicants the chance to gain vital skills and a qualification that could lead to a permanent role or an advanced apprenticeship.
For more information about these apprenticeship opportunities, call 0345 850 1055 or visit:
The closing date for the apprenticeship applications is 27th May.