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Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships (PCDA) recruitment

Closing date: 11 March 2018

If you are looking for a new, exciting and varied career, which offers you a mixture of activities and extraordinary opportunities and you have a strong commitment to making a difference in the community then the PCDA could be for you.

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Policing is a challenging but highly rewarding role. Police officers within Northamptonshire Police protect people from harm and help make the county a safer place to live for family, friends and the wider community.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to become a police officer, and want to apply for the PCDA, Northamptonshire Police wants to hear from you.

So what is the PCDA?

Under current plans being introduced by the College of Policing, by 2020 all police forces will cease the recruitment of Police Officers via the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) route, with Student Officers joining via one of three entry routes within a new Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) that is being introduced in order to professionalise the Police Service:

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
  • Degree Holder Programme
  • Pre Join Degree in Policing

Whilst work is ongoing on the timely introduction of the Degree Holder and Pre Join Degree programmes, some early adopters plan to run their first PCDA programme as of April this year.

In September 2018 Northamptonshire Police will be launching its first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme.

The PCDA is a structured three year degree apprenticeship delivered by the Force in partnership with a procured Higher Education Institute, who will validate and award the degree.

The PCDA enables individuals to perform the paid role of Police Constable, developing operational competence, whilst attaining a degree in policing.

The content of the apprenticeship will incorporate:

Apprenticeship Year 1: Initial Professional Development

Education and development of the apprentice during the first year will be at academic Level 4, with the aim of preparing them for operational deployment with the support of a tutor / mentor in order to enable the achievement of Independent Patrol Status (IPS). IPS must be achieved by the end of Year 1.

Apprenticeship Year 2: Continual Professional Development

The second year of the apprenticeship represents a significant step forward in the development of a highly-skilled, multi competent Police Constable (academic Level 5). The apprentice will undertake advanced learning across five principal areas of professional practice. These are:

  • Response policing
  • Community policing
  • Policing the roads
  • Information and intelligence
  • Conducting investigations

Apprenticeship Year 3

During Year 3 the apprentice will undertake advanced learning, development and professional practice (at academic Level 6) associated within a chosen specialism from the 5 principal areas of professional practice covered in Year 2.

An apprentice’s education will culminate in the completion of an evidence based research project and a reflective piece in the form of a presentation. Alongside the academic assessment, individual’s operational performance and competence will be assessed via the completion of an Operational Competence Portfolio. Together they will form part of an End Point Assessment.

Officers on the PCDA have a three year probationary period and will commence on the highly competitive apprenticeship salary of approximately £18,000 per annum (pro rata). Starting salary still to be determined nationally.

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In order to effectively tackle crime and bring offenders to justice, the police service must reflect, understand and enjoy the trust and confidence of all the diverse communities we serve.

To enable the delivery of effective frontline policing, Northamptonshire Police seeks to recruit, develop and retain from the widest pool of talent. For these reasons the force actively encourages individuals from a minority group and females to consider applying.

Northamptonshire Police has a strong commitment to equality and diversity being an equal opportunities employer, with an aim of employing a workforce that represents and reflects the diverse communities it serves.

Positive Action Workshop – How to prepare for a competency based interview

22 March 2018 between 6.30pm to 9pm

Lecture Theatre, Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, NN4 0JQ

See below PDFs and web pages for more information.



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