Fancy a career in policing? If so this could be the apprenticeship opportunity for you

Following the success of Greater Manchester Police’s first ever group of apprentices earlier this year, GMP and Damar are working in partnership on a second round of apprentice recruitment. This time, there are 50 vacancies for apprentice Operational Support Officers who will be based in a range of departments and GMP sites across Greater Manchester. Operational Support Officers are civilians who provide excellent customer service and administrative support to members of the public, police officers and other GMP colleagues as well as to external partners.

All of the positions will involve significant use of IT and excellent communication skills – face to face, over the phone and in writing.

If you apply and are successful, you will spend a minimum of 12 months learning the job during which time you will receive training, assessment and support from both your Damar trainer/assessor and GMP staff. On completion you will also achieve a nationally recognised intermediate apprenticeship qualification.

If you’re still not sure whether this is the right opportunity for you, here’s what some of the current GMP apprentices think…

"I think the apprentice scheme with GMP is an amazing opportunity for young people with a great career ahead, I would encourage anyone to do it!"

"Becoming an Apprentice OSO has made a huge impact on my confidence with dealing with the public, I've been able to deal with situations that I would have never thought I would have been doing 6 months ago, every day is different!"

"I have developed my skills with all the support from my colleagues and I have never been afraid to ask questions no matter how big or small."

"The apprenticeship is more than just a job it is a career and a great opportunity to succeed in life."

“As an apprentice OSO I have had a positive experience so far within an environment that is both welcoming and supportive.”

The apprenticeship programme is backed by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, Sir Peter Fahy and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, who personally welcomed the first group of apprentices to the Force:

All applications must be made on the National Apprenticeship Service’s Apprenticeship Vacancies website (you will need to register on the site if you have not already done so). The final date for applications is 4th October 2013.

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