Traditionally, apprenticeships were on-the-job training for young people, typically aged 16 to 24. This is not the reality today or generally in the workplace.  

Today, they have equivalent educational levels, from GCSE (Level 2) to Degrees up to master’s level and there is no upper age limit.   

The government has set a public sector target to employ more people in apprenticeship schemes. They offer great opportunities for employees to learn new skills and work towards a qualification while being paid, supporting personal development, and helping staff retention. During the apprenticeship, employees will be released for up to 20 per cent of the working week for training.

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Police Staff Apprenticeships

We are continuing to introduce new apprenticeships across Police Staff departments as we look to attract talent from all ages and backgrounds. The variety of opportunities available has never been greater; from Finance, HR to Communications and Vehicle Technicians, Administrators to ICT. To view our current police staff vacancies, please click the button below!

Current Vacancies

Police Constable Appprenticeships

We now offer a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) whereby those without a degree can become a Police Officer. The entry requirements vary from force to force, and to find out more about ours, please click the FAQ button below.

To apply to become a police officer you must be at least 17 years old, however you must be 18 before commencing employment. You will have already achieved a Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) as well as Level 2 in English and Mathematics or equivalent prior to entry.

The degree apprenticeship takes three years and at the end of the course successful students will be awarded in Professional Policing Practice by our training education partners The University of South Wales.

Read more about our PCDA scheme Police Officer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

It won't cost anything. The apprenticeship is funded by the Government and will cover all the costs of your training.
All apprentices will be paid and for all successful students there is a job waiting for you at the end of your apprenticeship.
You will receive the same holiday entitlement as most paid employment – on average 22 days paid holiday per year, plus Bank Holidays.
Recruitment process
The selection process is the same as applying for a job. You will be asked to attend several interviews and in some cases you will need to sit tests, but these are just to make sure you're right for the position.
Each role will have its own eligibility.
Length of apprenticeship
Each apprenticeship is different and there is no set time to complete the apprenticeship. In general they can take between one to six years to complete.
Apprenticeship qualifications
Apprenticeships for our vacancies are aligned to the apprenticeship standards.

A workforce that reflects our communities

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities and females is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.

In order to achieve this we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘positive action’.

For further information and to register for this scheme please click the button below.

Positive Action