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Teesside University Awarded Police Degree Apprenticeship Contract

Professor Paul Croney, PCC Barry Coppinger, Chief Constable Richard Lewis, Professor Paul Crawshaw

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Paul Croney, PCC Barry Coppinger, Chief Constable Richard Lewis, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, Professor Paul Crawshaw

Teesside University will be the home for new police recruits as they work to gain the newly-launched Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

The University won the prestigious contract to deliver the three-year programme due to its strong understanding of the culture in Cleveland and its alignment to the Force’s values and objectives.

Recruitment for the first class of trainee officers will launch at 11am tomorrow (Wednesday, 5th February) in what is National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprentice police officers will begin their training in September 2020 and will study for a degree in Professional Policing Practice within three years of joining, whilst earning a £24,000 salary working as a police officer. The degree is free to recruits and funded through national apprenticeship funding.

Senior police officers hope that the new degree programme will attract a diverse array of people, and want to appeal to those from underrepresented groups to apply.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, who awarded the contract to Teesside University said: “We’re delighted to have Teesside University on board as the educational provider. They are a valued partner organisation and this will further strengthen our shared ethos to make Cleveland a safer and more pleasant place to be.

“The new scheme is an exciting opportunity for people to gain access to a university education whilst joining one of the most challenging and rewarding careers out there. I look forward to hearing how the new recruits progress.”

Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Teesside University is a dynamic and innovative education facility and I’m pleased that our recruits will have the opportunity to learn the very best in policing skills on their doorstep.

“The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship will help us to attract people from a variety of backgrounds so that we can better reflect the communities that we serve. We’re looking for the best candidates who want to play their part in changing local lives.”

Teesside University has an outstanding track record for its higher and degree apprenticeship and was one of the first higher education institutions in the country to have its provision subject to a full inspection by Ofsted. The education watchdog examined the University’s Higher Apprenticeship provision across five categories, rating every area as outstanding, from leadership and management, to learner outcomes.

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University Professor Paul Croney said: “Teesside University has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Cleveland Police and we are delighted to extend this further with the launch of the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

“We are confident that our teaching and research expertise will deliver an outstanding student and learning experience for the apprentice police officers, which, in turn, will have a major impact on the safety and security of our communities.”

Professor Paul Crawshaw, Dean of Teesside University’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, added: “We are extremely pleased to welcome this new intake of police apprentices to our campus.

“I am sure they will make an immense contribution to the diversity and vitality of our student body.”

Recruitment goes live at 11am on Wednesday, February 5th, visit www.cleveland.police.uk for more information.



Posted on Tuesday 4th February 2020
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