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Meet some of our apprentices

Jeannette - Learning and Development Manager

I am responsible for overseeing the delivery of the three new entry routes into policing all of which will result in a policing degree.  This is part of a wider policing professionalisation agenda and sparked a personal interest as I hadn’t the opportunity to achieve a degree during my earlier education.

I was fortunate to be made aware of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) and attended a taster day at South Devon College. 

This was an ideal opportunity to ask questions and deal with concerns mine in particular being could I achieve a degree part-time alongside my day job.

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.

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.

Jeannette smiling at the camera
Jeannette, Learning and Development Manager
Lucy smiling at the camera sat at her desk
Lucy, Senior Resourcing Officer
Chris smiling at the camera holding his certificate
Chris, Workforce Planning Officer