The Apprenticeship programme for police staff will involve a 22-month contract of employment where you will gain practical experience in a police environment whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification. We expect our apprenticeships applications to open in April 2021, with a view to the roles starting in September 2021.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who possess a keen appetite for learning and personal development and who can offer us a tangible contribution to our force whilst upholding our values. In return we will offer a comprehensive training package that will give you a broad range of skills and knowledge to provide you with the platform for a successful career.

We will have opportunities in the following business areas:

  • Information Management
  • People Services
  • Learning & Development
  • Records Management
  • OPCC (The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner)
  • Estates / Facilities
  • Criminal Justice
  • Property
  • Victim’s Hub
  • Witness Care

Becoming a Gwent Police staff apprentice

We welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds, cultures, religions, ages, gender and sexual orientation. However, there are some eligibility conditions that all applicants will need to meet, so you need to check that you meet our requirements before submitting an application:

  • Be aged 16 years or over (on the day you submit your application).
  • Applicants should be British Citizens, or passport holders from a full EU Member State but will need to apply for settled status from June 21. You can also apply if you're a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK with indefinite leave to remain.
  • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application. 
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other organisations like Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you're automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction. Please declare any caution or conviction on your application form. Failure to do so will result in you failing the vetting procedure due to integrity issues.
  • If you are struggling with debt, you may still be able to apply. You just need to supply us with evidence of your ability to manage your debts successfully. However, if you have any outstanding County Court Judgements or you are an un-discharged bankrupt, then you are automatically ineligible.
  • Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous are not acceptable. Please supply photos and measurements of any tattoos along with your application.

When you join Gwent Police, we'll make a wide range of benefits available to you:

  • Starting salary of £15,777
  • Annual leave entitlement of 23 days plus 8 statutory bank holidays

Employees can join the Local Government Pension Scheme, which is a contributory pension scheme.

Visit the Greater Gwent (Torfaen) Pension Scheme for more information.

Apprentices will be contracted to work 37 hours per week.  Gwent Police realises the importance of a work/life balance and has good policies in place for maternity/paternity, shared parental leave, time off for dependents, voluntary reduction in working hours, right to request to work flexibly and job share.

We will offer apprentices a full training and support package to include:

  • On the job training
  • National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies short courses
  • Nationally recognised qualification delivered by an accredited training provider
  • Essential Skills Wales suite of qualifications (where required)
  • Training on applicable police systems

The application process

  • To pass this stage, you'll need to fill out an application form.
  • This consists of two 500 words personal statements outlining what skills and personal qualities you can bring to the role.
  • Give real examples of your achievements and experiences to demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the role profile.
  • Try to answer the questions as carefully and as fully as you can.
  • Please also be mindful of your spelling and grammar.

  • If successful at application stage you will be invited to an interview, which will assess your skills and personal qualities.
  • If you do not have a G.C.S.E in Maths and English (grade A*- C), or an equivalent, you will have to successfully complete an assessment at interview.

Following interview, you will need to provide a three-year reference history and pass through a thorough security vetting process. You will also be required to attend a health check appointment to ensure any reasonable adjustments are recommended and arranged prior to appointment.

Once you have been selected for the role and completed all pre-employment checks, you will be allocated a start date.  You will be provided with an offer letter, the terms and conditions applicable to the role and be invited to a pre-employment orientation session.

Additional information

Our equality and diversity objectives are enforced through an established Equality and Diversity Board. This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we consistently treat our colleagues and public with fairness, dignity and respect.

Our employee assistance programme is provided by CareFirst, is free to all and available 24 hours a day all year round, providing confidential support for problems that can affect performance, health, and mental and emotional wellbeing.

We offer an Occupational Health and Welfare Unit to help maintain both your physical and psychological health while at work. The service is confidential and includes a counselling service. 

The Occupational Health team aims to support attendance and effectiveness by working proactively to minimise health risks and to promote individual responsibility for health, fitness and wellbeing. You are also eligible for a free eye test.

There are many sports teams for you to join from running, hockey, fishing and football. There are also free gym facilities at a number of our sites.

We have a full occupational maternity leave policy available to all employees of Gwent Police. 52 weeks maternity in total: 18 weeks at full pay, 21 weeks of statutory maternity pay, and 13 weeks of no pay. This is subject to length of service. We also offer an adoption leave policy.

There are a range of associations, networks and groups supporting our workforce and Gwent Police has a range of initiatives and schemes to help colleagues develop.

Our staff networks offer support and friendship to our officers, staff and the local community alike. They work to support and advise colleagues nationally and we are proud of the active part they play in influencing policing across the UK.

The networks and associations include:

  • The Disability Support Network
  • The Women in Policing Network (GWiP)
  • The Gwent Police Ethnic Minority Association (GEMA)
  • The LGBT+ Network
  • The Christian Police Association
  • The Mental Health Support Network
  • Police Sport Gwent
  • Police Superintendents Association
  • Welsh Speakers and Learners Network
  • Unison and
  • The Police Federation.

Only Police Officers can join the Police Federation, if you opt to join the Police Federation, you can choose to join a life insurance scheme with awards payable to your spouse or partner, and to any dependents. In addition to accessing crucial illness and sickness cover, you can take out insurance, at a preferential rate, to cover any legal expenses connected to your job, and also benefit from the best rehabilitation facilities.

To promote healthy journeys to work, Gwent Police and Cycle Solutions have working together to provide staff and officers with the opportunity with a new bike and safety equipment, with big discount off the total price, spreading the cost over 18 months.

Lifestyle and organisational discounts including gym memberships (as well as on-site gyms), restaurants, takeaways, travel, financial products, an eye care scheme and more.

Not found what you're looking for?

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please e-mail us.

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