University takes a uniform approach to a new Policing Degree Apprenticeship

The University of Wolverhampton is set to become one of the first in the country to offer a Degree Apprenticeship in policing.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship will be rolled out nationally from September 2017 and the University of Wolverhampton has been instrumental in developing the new programme.

Sharon Gander, Lecturer in Policing in the University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, has been working with the College of Policing to develop a series of new policing qualifications, which also include a new Policing degree from 2019 and a Graduate Conversion course.

She said: “I am delighted to be involved in the Apprenticeship Trailblazer group development of the new Policing Degree Apprenticeship that will be rolled out nationally.

“The professional body for policing is introducing academic recognition for its existing workforce and this is a fantastic opportunity for the University to be directly involved in developing a practical qualification which combines on-the-job training while studying towards a high level qualification.”

The University opened an Apprenticeship Hub last year providing a bespoke and independent venue for potential apprentices, employers and learning providers, offering clear and integrated progression routes for vocational pathways.

Having been awarded £250,000 funding from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), the University is developing a range of new Degree Apprenticeships in a variety of subjects to support local and regional skills needs including Law, Engineering, Digital Technology, Leadership and Management, Policing and Nursing. 

Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, Degree Apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, Degree Apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.

This week (March 6-10 2017) is National Apprenticeship Week, which aims to bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and to encourage people to consider apprenticeships.

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Date Issued: 7th March 2017

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