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Apprenticeship week at Northumbria Police

06 Mar 2018 15:00 PM

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There are lots of great opportunities for people wanting a career with Northumbria Police – and an apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic option.

As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018), we throw the spotlight on our newest apprentice, Freddie Bowlby.

Freddie joined the Force as our Media and Communications Assistant at the start of the year, and takes on a wide range of responsibilities, including supporting the team at press calls, updating social media and filming.

One day a week, he attends the Tyne Metropolitan College where he is completing a Graphic Design course to compliment the work he is doing while in Force.

Although Northumbria Police has a successful track record of bringing through apprentices, Freddie is the first one to be taken on following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.  Northumbria Police are to invest the levy funding in the right areas to deliver improvements in service across the Force, and this apprenticeship is an exciting addition.

Apprenticeships provide the perfect opportunity to learn in a working environment while completing sought-after qualifications.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon said apprenticeship roles such as this help contribute to an even greater pool of talent within the organisation.

She said: “At Northumbria Police there is a hugely diverse range of roles and positions available, and it’s great to see we are embracing apprenticeship roles.

“Programmes such as this allow staff to develop key skills, both on and off the job, that relate directly to the position and organisation they are working within.

“This role under the levy funding arrangements is the first of what we hope will be many. We are also currently looking to further our apprenticeship schemes, not only for police staff but for police officers in the future as well.”

Tyne Metropolitan College’s Business Development Executive Alexandra Park, has seen how successful apprenticeship schemes can be across a range of organisations.

She said: “We’re delighted to be working with Northumbria police in this flagship apprenticeship programme, and wish Freddie every success in his Graphic Design qualification with us.  This is a great example of how flexible apprenticeships can be, and how as a further education provider we can tailor what we do to suit the needs of employers.”

Freddie described the apprenticeship scheme as a perfect fit for him.

He said: “This programme has been a great way for me to get into the organisation while still being able to develop new skills through education, and it’s great that Northumbria Police are offering this opportunity.

“In the first two months I have learned so much, getting involved in countless different projects. No two days are never the same, and the skills I’m learning through my Graphic Design qualification are helping me improve my standard of work every day.

“The level of responsibility is what I have found most exciting, and I feel like I am really contributing to the great work of Northumbria Police.”

For more information on careers and vacancies within Northumbria Police, please visit: http://careers.northumbria.police.uk/