Force which works with University of Derby nominated for Apprenticeship Diversity Award

11 February 2019

Nottinghamshire Police, which works with the University of Derby, has been nominated for an Apprenticeship Diversity Award as part of this year's Apprenticeship Awards.

Nottinghamshire Police was one of the early adopters of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), working in partnership with the University of Derby. The PCDA has come in as part of the national changes to police recruitment.

Since September 2018, the force now have 47 officers going through the PCDA training, 25% of whom are from our diverse communities.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "The force and the University have worked hard in recruiting apprentices with a variety of different backgrounds. As an employer of choice, it's important we give the opportunities to all to join our policing family.

"The opportunities are valuable as we continue to work towards a more representative workforce."

Tony Blockley, Discipline Head: Policing, at the University of Derby, said: "This unique partnership has enabled us to work with Nottinghamshire Police to provide an alternative route for individuals to embark on a career in policing.

"Our shared principles will allow us ensure representation continues and grows, through the creation of opportunities to engage with individuals and communities."

More than 350 entries were submitted from colleges, training providers and employers for the awards, which are in their second year and run by FE Week and the Association of Education and Learning Providers.

Winners of all awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony during the Annual Apprenticeship Conference Gala Dinner on March 28 at the ICC in Birmingham.

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