/ Apprenticeships celebrated during special week

Greater Manchester Police’s growing apprentice opportunities are being showcased as part of a special week.

Now in its fourth year, GMP’s apprenticeship programme has created 244 opportunities for a diverse range of young people across Greater Manchester.

National Apprentice Week (6-10 March) celebrates apprentices and the positive impact they have on the individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Over the last six months the Force has doubled its number of apprentices to 114. The young people who joined in October and February are based in a range of business support roles across the organisation.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling for Greater Manchester Police, said: “Last year we pledged to double our number of apprentices and to see that we have already been able to do that in six months is great. I hope that this level of recruitment is something we will continue to succeed in.

“The scheme acts as an opportunity for the Force and our young people to flourish and be a part of Greater Manchester’s future success.”

The Force’s scheme aims to provide a prodigious apprenticeship, full training and support, and transferable skills as a platform to permanent employment opportunities.

Of the most recent batch of apprentices most went on to secure permanent roles within the organisation and will play a key part in the organisation’s future.

Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “GMP’s apprenticeship scheme is creating real opportunities for local people to build a career in policing.

“I’m pleased that hundreds of people have already embraced this opportunity, developing their skills and confidence and playing their part in building safer, stronger communities – that’s why I have worked with GMP to expand the scheme. As we shine a spotlight on their success, I hope this encourages more people to explore apprenticeship roles, whether in policing or in other sectors across Greater Manchester.”

The next GMP apprentice recruitment is imminent and is open to all. We especially encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds and in the 16 to 25 age group. If you are interested in applying for a GMP apprenticeship in a police support environment, please forward your expression of interest to apprentice@gmp.police.uk.

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