Tyrone Parsonage is currently working towards an advanced business administration apprenticeship at Greater Manchester Police. He has now gained full-time employment as an Operational Support Officer. Tyrone suffered from a quite serious health issue during his apprenticeship but has made a full recovery and, to his credit, used the time whilst on recuperative duties to work on his portfolio for his apprenticeship. His health condition required a life-changing operation which left him having to reassess his career prospects. He returned to work after just two months and is determined and committed to completing his qualification.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I enrolled onto the apprenticeship as I believed it was a great opportunity to get involved in a large organisation and fulfil my ambition of working within the emergency services, as well as learning new skills and as a bonus, earning a qualification. The police force is not just a national organisation but a global organisation that every country needs. By doing an apprenticeship with GMP, it has enabled me to develop myself and learn more about life from a different angle.
What did your role as an apprentice entail?
At the start of my apprenticeship, I was placed as the admin apprentice for the Child Sexual Exploitation Team which I was very grateful for as CSE is a huge growing concern for the police force. It is an interesting unit within the police. I got involved in meetings for the CSE team and took part in conferences and training as well as dealing with the admin side for a very busy unit.
I am now part of the Integrated Neighbourhood Services Team.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
The thing I have enjoyed most about my apprenticeship is meeting new people from all different walks of life and learning more about life and how different people deal with it.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
A personal highlight of my apprenticeship was finishing my first year and securing a full-time permanent job within GMP. This has also now enabled me to get onto the Great British Police Rugby League team.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
My advice for school leavers would be to not waste time as it is precious! Set goals and objectives, no matter how big or small, and achieve them by working hard and taking the time to complete them. Put 100% into everything you do and do not even think about failure because, in my eyes, failure is not an option.
Tony Baxter, a Sergeant in GMP’s Integrated Neighbourhood Services Team comments:
“Tyrone has settled well into his new role as an Operational Support Officer here at Hyde where he was initially part of the Integrated Neighbourhood Services Team working solely with police officers and police staff. However, his role then changed in May this year when partner agencies became involved in the INS, and Tyrone became a member of a wider team; this provided even greater challenges as we worked towards an integrated process sharing information and processes across a range of agencies. Tyrone has taken this challenge on board assisting in the day-to-day running of the team”.