A group of 37 apprentices have started their journey to becoming police constables this week as part of a partnership between South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Hallam University.
The new cohort is the fourth group to join the police constable degree apprenticeship programme since it launched in 2020, taking the total to more than 200 choosing this route to a career in policing.
The police constable degree apprenticeship includes on-the-job learning and academic theory provided by Sheffield Hallam University.
At the end of the course, the officers will have earned a degree, and will leave with a confirmed job at South Yorkshire Police.
Lee Ross, 42, a former IT manager began the programme in January.
He said: “The apprenticeship came out at the perfect time for me. I was looking to completely change career and wanted to do something worthwhile.
“I really liked the idea of not only joining the Police, but also being up-skilled from day one. It means that when we graduate, we are already in a place we can help shape the future of policing.”
He says the pandemic has had an impact on the training which has been adapted to include home-based learning as well as practical elements.
“The staff are very supportive and, even when we are working from home, they are always more than happy to explain anything we are unsure of,” he added.
Louise Povey, course leader for the police constable degree apprenticeship said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Sheffield Hallam University to be working in collaboration with South Yorkshire Police. I am privileged to be leading such a prestigious course and working with such dedicated staff and students who are the future of the police service. This is a hard but rewarding degree programme, combining academic study and operational policing, but an excellent opportunity for the student officers to complete their study, learn on the job and be awarded a BA(Hons) Professional Policing Practice degree. This programme will create the next generation of police officers who will have the skills, knowledge and experience to meet challenges of the future.
Chief Inspector David Struggles, Operational Police Training Delivery Manager, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our fourth cohort of apprentices to South Yorkshire Police. Over the next three years, our apprentices will be provided with first class academic theory from Sheffield Hallam University, as well as the necessary on-the-job training and expertise from South Yorkshire Police to excel in a career like no other, in one of the country’s larger and best performing forces.”
There are now three new entry routes to join South Yorkshire Police as part of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework, providing apprenticeship, existing degree holders or an option for those who want to study first.
For further information on the routes, and to register your interest in joining the force, visit www.southyorks.police.uk/bethefuture
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