#GetInGoFar be a modern apprentice

Being an apprentice gives you the chance to obtain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills while earning a salary.

What could you do?

We believe an apprenticeship should be the start of a career path that could take you all the way up to management. You’ll be a valued part of the team, learning how you can contribute to the success of Dorset Police.

As long as you are 16, not in full time education and live in England you are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship.

  • 97% of apprentices say their apprenticeship has improved their ability to do their job
  • 92% of in-work apprentices said their apprenticeship has had a positive impact on their job and career

Find your role today!
We’ve had three apprentices in Alliance Finance so far. It’s been a real pleasure to help them develop their careers and they’ve brought a fresh perspective to the organisation.

Peter Chatfield, Management Accountant

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

Meet some of our apprentices


Chris, Workforce Planning Officer

I attended one of Weymouth Colleges Apprenticeship Information Events and was advised of opportunities that were available within Dorset Police. I was interested in beginning a career whilst earning nationally recognised qualifications. I submitted an application to Dorset Police for a fixed term apprentice. I was successful at interview and was employed as an Apprentice in the Volunteer Support Team where I dealt with day to day administration for the Special Constabulary whilst completing a Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration.

I was fortunate enough to be extended within my post and was supported to further my education by completing a Level 3 NVQ course after successfully completing Level 2. During my Level 3 course I was able to secure a salaried post at Dorset Police as an Organisational Development Support Officer.

Weymouth College and Dorset Police continued to support my apprenticeship and I was able to complete my Level 3 course alongside my new role. Prior to me completing my apprenticeship, my post was made permanent within the organisation and I am now employed as full time member of Police Staff.

Since completing my apprenticeship I have been successful in achieving two secondments to higher graded roles within Dorset Police. I am now continuing my development by completing a Level 5 course in Human Resource Management.

Having just submitted my first assignment I feel very motivated and I am learning something new – it’s certainly challenging but hugely rewarding.


Lucy, Senior Resourcing Officer

After I finished my A levels my family and I moved to Dorset from Leicester. With no real transferrable skills I thought an apprenticeship would be an ideal way to meet new people and gain some experience.

The force supported me to complete a Level 2 and 3 in Business Administration. By the time I had completed my level 3 I had not only secured a permanent position but had also gone through another recruitment process which saw me promoted.

I have now been with the force for 5 years and have continued to progress through the organisation to my current role of Senior Resourcing Officer, People Department.

I have been lucky enough to be afforded an upskilling apprenticeship last year and have now started a Level 5 HR Support qualification. I attend college every week as part of a 20% off the job training whilst still being paid.

My experience with Dorset Police has been challenging at times but ultimately rewarding. I have met some incredible people who have inspired and supported me. I now have the transferable skills I lacked as well as recognised qualifications.

Having just submitted my first assignment I feel very motivated and I am learning something new – it’s certainly challenging but hugely rewarding.