South Yorkshire Police recruiting apprentices in Sheffield- here's how to apply

Budding police officers are being given the chance to learn as they earn, as South Yorkshire Police launch a recruitment drive for apprentices.

Friday, 27th December 2019, 3:50 pm
Updated Friday, 27th December 2019, 4:40 pm
Inspector Jason Booth, of the roads, policing and dogs operational teams.
Inspector Jason Booth, of the roads, policing and dogs operational teams.

Police officers make difficult decisions, which impact the public every day.

They face complex problems, often in dangerous situations, with growing demands from digital investigation and vulnerable people.

These new entry routes will help develop vital competencies in new officers, equipping them with the skills and understanding of areas critical for policing in the modern world including cybercrime and dealing with vulnerable people.

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The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) takes three years to complete and offers on-the-job learning alongside academic theory and knowledge.

Degree apprentices are police officers from day one, and spend three years as a probationer.

On successfully finishing the programme, apprentices will have completed their probation and achieve a degree in Professional Policing Practice – all with no tuition fees.

This is the route for anyone who doesn’t hold a degree, but a qualification at level three is essential to apply. This could be A levels, level 3 NVQ or military experience.

As well as the PCDA, a Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is also on offer to help budding police officers into the force.

The DHEP will take two years to complete and combines a work based programme, supported by off the job learning. This programme is aimed at degree-holders, attained in any subject area.

Recruits will spend two years as a probationer, and achieve a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice at the end of the programme.