The success of a Derbyshire Constabulary apprenticeship scheme linked with Derby College has earned Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ approval for a second, similar scheme to be provided through Chesterfield College.
Mr Charles and members of the Strategic Governance Board heard on Monday (24 June) from Chief Constable Mick Creedon how two of the scheme’s eight original apprentices have now been offered permanent employment with the force in administrative functions.
The Commissioner commented: “Programmes like these encourage younger people to develop new skills and gain valuable experience for their future. I therefore have no hesitation in agreeing to another apprenticeship in Business and Administration being offered with Chesterfield College as a means of offering opportunities across the county.”
He also readily agreed to a 12-month programme being continued with Derby from September with a view to 12 apprentices being directly employed by the force
He added: “Apprenticeships offered to youngsters aged 16-18 are particularly welcome as this is a group that finds it hard to gain employment and skills.”
Members of the board were told that the 2012/13 scheme had enjoyed “extremely positive feedback” from all concerned, including line managers, mentors and apprentices. There is no financial cost to the Constabulary in relation to the services and training provided as National Apprenticeship Service funding is paid directly to the learning provider.
The Chief Constable said: “Last year’s apprentice scheme has been such a success with all the apprentices really benefiting from their experience. Also, it is really good that we are expanding the scheme to work with Chesterfield College so we can include the north of the county.
“I believe it is so important that we help younger people develop within a working environment, as this gives so many benefits to both the individuals and the Constabulary, not least that they bring a different outlook and new ideas to an organisation. I look forward to welcoming the new intake of apprentices later this year."
The success of the Constabulary’s apprenticeship scheme has also prompted the Commissioner to appoint an apprentice to work in his office.
“My intention is to take on an apprentice with a view to starting a career in policing governance or administration,” he said.
“The first step is to secure the appropriate support and academic courses for setting up an apprenticeship scheme, but I very much hope to be able to offer a young person the chance to gain a foothold on what could be an exciting and rewarding career ladder.”
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Posted on Monday 24th June 2013