The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has launched the very first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) in the Lancashire region to educate future police officers.
The programme has been designed in conjunction with the College of Policing as part of the new Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), which forms part of the National Policing Vision 2025.
Working with Lancashire Constabulary, the University will deliver the academic content of the apprenticeship at its campus in Preston for its three year duration. This will lead to a graduation at the university for the students and the attainment of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Professional Policing Practice, Simultaneously, they will fully qualify as police officers.
Professor Ian Allison said: “It’s fantastic to have been selected by Lancashire Constabulary to deliver degree apprenticeships as part of the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).
“The development of this innovative degree apprenticeship in the Police Service, has involved a strong collaboration between Lancashire Constabulary, UCLan and the College of Policing in its governance role as the professional body for the service. This has ensured accreditation and quality in both design and delivery and is an exciting time for all involved in the move towards greater professionalisation of the service.”
Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “The intake is the first ever degree apprenticeship group so I took the opportunity to talk to many of the officers and their relatives after the attestation ceremony. The energy and commitment of our new colleagues is matched only by their obvious quality with many of them having spent several years trying to join Lancashire Constabulary.
“Our recruitment plan will hopefully see many more recruits joining us over the next 18 months.”
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “”Police officers come from all walks of life and work around the clock to keep people safe. Investing in our officers will always be a top priority and this new recruiting process is a good opportunity to gain hands on operational policing experience, whilst at the same time obtaining valuable academic qualifications to equip officers with the skills necessary to manage the increasing demands of modern policing.”