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.
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.
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
We are currently recruiting for Level 2 Business and Administration apprenticeships and you can apply online.
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.