Work Experience Applications are now closed until Autumn 2019
Cheshire Constabulary offers a number of apprenticeship schemes where people can develop their skills in a diverse and dynamic environment, gaining valuable experience of working within a large organisation while earning a salary.
National Apprenticeship Week 2019
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019 we caught up with a few of our apprentices (past and present), to see what they thought about Cheshire Constabulary's Apprenticeship opportunities.
"My apprenticeship is split between the Professional Standards Department (PSD) and the Force Vetting Department at the Cheshire Constabulary HQ.
"As part of the apprenticeship we have to spend 20% of our time doing some shadowing, meaning that we visit different areas of the police so that we can understand the constabulary as a whole. I think this is the part of my apprenticeship that I have enjoyed the most (not that the rest isn’t fun). I have been all over Cheshire (Crewe LPU, Northwich LPU, Middlewich Custody etc.) and I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite. I’ve met some amazing characters and have learnt a lot about the role of the police in the legal system and have tried to relate this as much to my future career as possible."
"I was pleased when I found out that I was going to be based within the Criminal Justice Department as this sounded interesting to me and I was keen to learn about the different roles within the department. The team that I work in is called the Criminal Justice Change Management Team. This team is responsible for leading change within the justice system, ensuring that the victim, witness and criminal receive justice.
"I have been very lucky to be able to shadow in various different roles, just a few of these are: Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), Witness Care, and the Force Control Center - this is where they receive all the 999 and 101 calls."
"Before applying for my Business Admin Apprentice role, I was studying Business in College. I studied Business for two years whilst also working in retail as a part time job for three years. During my time in College, I gained a real interest in HR which led me wanting to peruse a career in HR.
"After finding out information about the Business Admin Apprenticeship, I thought it was a really good opportunity to gain experience within a large organisation that prides it’s self on what they do, and gain a recognised qualification at the same time.
"This apprenticeship has offered me a huge amounts of experiences. I really don’t think that working in a bar for my break from education would have offered me the same kind of growth in person that working here has done for me. It has also offered me possible career paths and two very great departments to work with."
Cheshire Constabulary annually recruits a cohort of Level 2 apprenticeships to join the policing family. Our apprenticeship programme runs for 12 months and during that time apprentices gain work experience in the policing environment while in a staff role. The training provider for the apprenticeship programme is Total People.
What to expect
The constabulary offers a Level 2 Business and Administration Scheme based in one of our business areas. This could be IT, Human Resources, Finance or one of the many other police staff departments. The 12-month scheme aims to equip apprentices which various skills and knowledge across the business areas, while also gaining an insight into how staff support officers on the front line.
Cheshire Police is not just made up of police officers, we have a large multi-disciplined team, working together and making best use of the skills and resources available. A large proportion of our workforce is made up of both uniformed and non-uniformed police staff roles.
These roles play a crucial part in supporting front line policing. Whether you’re interested in a public-facing role or playing your part behind the scenes, there are a number of potential career options.
What are the hours and pay?
Apprentices will be employed on a 12-month fixed term contract. The working week is 37 hours and we offer a competitive rate of £7.50 (in line with the national living wage) per hour.
What is the recruitment process?
The recruitment process consists of an application form which is assessed by a member of Total People and Cheshire Constabulary. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend an assessment centre which involves team working activities and an interview. If you are successful at this stage there will be the following process:
- Conditional offer: This is an offer subject to references, vetting and medical.
- References: Cheshire Constabulary will contact your referees
- Vetting: Cheshire Constabulary force vetting you will request some information from you and commence vetting checks
- Medical: You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.
'My experience as an apprentice with Cheshire Police'
"I have found the apprenticeship scheme to be a brilliant opportunity to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible in twelve months. I was based in the force vetting unit which enabled me to see a background to policing which I had never considered. Within this department I was given the opportunity to attend various training courses, lead my own projects and get involved with the day to day work of the unit.
"For my own personal development, I learnt about various departments across the force which helped me to gain a greater understanding of how all of the business areas behind the scenes work together.
"The program has helped me develop my confidence hugely which has been really beneficial in helping me secure employment as a Police Community Support Officer. The support system from both Cheshire Constabulary and Total People has been great throughout in helping me develop a clear career pathway. Overall my time so far with Cheshire Constabulary has been extremely eye opening but a great experience."
How to apply
Please keep an eye on this webpage and our social media for future vacanices.
Cheshire Constabulary is keen to invest in its police staff. Therefore, this year we are planning to invest in specific staff qualifications for our current workforce. In doing this we aim to upskill our workforce and provide the best possible service to the public of Cheshire.
Cheshire Constabulary is keen to develop different entry routes into policing. Due to the availability of apprenticeship funding at all levels across the organisation the Constabulary are keen to utilise as many of these opportunities as possible so you may also see specific apprenticeship vacancies being advertised across various departments.
These higher level apprenticeships differ from our entry level apprenticeship scheme as you will be studying for specific career qualifications which can range from Level 3 through to Level 6 Degree.
Unlike our entry level apprenticeships, the higher level apprenticeships can be advertised at any point during the year as vacancies become available so it is important that you monitor our website for the latest opportunities. View our current vacancies section for the latest opportunities available.