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The West Mercia Police apprentice project looks to provide a variety of people with experience in policing whilst studying for a professional qualification. It provides them with a wide range of workplace skills, and enables the staff members supporting them to build on their supervisory and mentoring experience.

Our apprenticeships offer the opportunity for a wide range of people to gain experience in West Mercia Police while studying for a professional qualification. Apprenticeships are available from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) through to Level 7 (Bachelor's or Master's Degree equivalent). West Mercia Police has been working to increase the number of apprenticeships available, and this has become an increased priority following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and Public Sector Target for apprenticeships.

While in the past apprentices have tended to be young people, there is now no age limit to undertake an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships can also be used to up skill existing employees, as long as the apprenticeship is giving the individual new skills and knowledge to enable them to achieve competence in their role.

The apprentice scheme is a welcome addition to what West Mercia Police can offer the public in terms of opportunities in joining the police family, and there are a number of other business benefits to having an apprenticeship programme within the force.

Apprentices gain a wide variety of workplace skills through on-the-job training, and enable those staff members supporting them to build on their supervisory and mentoring experience. As an apprentice, you'll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week).

Apprenticeships take one to five years to complete, depending on their level. Take a look at what some of our current apprentices had to say about working for West Mercia Police.

National Apprenticeship Week

4 - 8 March 2019 is National Apprenticeship Week. This annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

The 'Blaze a Trail' themed week will see a range of activities and events being hosted across the country, aimed at challenging the outdated views many people still have about apprenticeships. The week will also highlight the huge number of high quality apprenticeship opportunities available at all levels around the country.

To celebrate the week, our current apprentices will be taking to our social media channels to tell the public how they have blazed a trail and aspire, learn and benefit through our apprenticeship scheme. Look out for posts and the hashtag #AlwaysLearning on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Apprenticeship opportunities

We currently have no apprenticeship vacancies, but you can register your interest in future opportunities by selecting Apprenticeships, and we will email you once we have opportunities available. Alternatively, you can regularly check the link in the related pages box or visit the Apprenticeship Vacancies page to view current positions.

If you would like further information on apprenticeships within West Mercia Police, please email