Cleveland Police to Launch Degree Apprenticeships

Cleveland Police will launch a new degree apprenticeship scheme for police constables in 2019.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) offers the opportunity for recruits to earn while they learn, gaining a degree in policing alongside their core training as employed police officers.

It is anticipated that the first group of officers will start their training in autumn 2019, with the recruitment process opening in February next year. It is estimated that 10 new police officers will be recruited in the first intake, with a further ten in 2020.

The Force is working to select an education provider to assist in delivering the degree programme. The scheme will be a mixture of practical training and classroom study.
From 2020 the entry requirements to policing will change and all officers will be required to have a degree level qualification upon entry or through the apprenticeship route.
It is hoped that the degree apprenticeship will attract talented people from diverse backgrounds.

Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “I fully support the work to professionalise the service; we want people working within our communities who have the right qualities and training to meet the needs of modern day policing.

“Never have the operational challenges on our staff been so demanding. But now legislation is more complex, scrutiny more focussed, the criminal justice standards are more exacting and public expectation is higher than ever before.

“All of those demands are as intellectually challenging as they are physical and emotional, so it is only right that officers should be accredited with qualifications to reflect the rigors and complexities they are facing and be recognised as a professional.

“A great police officer is made by joining exemplary personal traits and values with the best training, good technology and local knowledge – and this apprenticeship is a real opportunity to bring talent to the forefront.

“I want our police officers and staff to reflect the diverse nature of our communities and we will be working to attract people from different cultures and backgrounds.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “This apprenticeship will make the service more accessible to people who may have not considered a career in policing. Our workforce must reflect the communities that we serve and our Everyone Matters programme will ensure that we encourage applicants from a range of cultures and backgrounds.

“The most important degree is a degree of common sense, and I want to stress that you do not have to be a graduate to apply for a job with the police but as part of your training and development, we will make you one.”

Further details on the recruitment will be available on the Cleveland Police website www.cleveland.police.uk . The starting salary is still to be considered, however it is thought to be in the region of £18,000 per year. The degree will be funded by Cleveland Police using funding from the newly introduced Apprenticeship Levy.