UWTSD welcomes new cohort of police apprentices


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has welcomed the second cohort of police recruits who will be starting their new roles as police officers whilst studying for a qualification in Professional Police Practice as part of the new Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). This will be delivered by the University as part of a collaboration partnership with South Wales and Gwent Police forces.

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The collaboration, in direct response to new guidelines issued by the College of Policing, was created 12 months ago to co-deliver a degree apprenticeship and a postgraduate diploma in policing. The University is also delivering the new pre-join degree in Professional Policing, designed to raise the standard of policing.

Training for the South Wales Police and Gwent Police recruits is split between core police officer training by Gwent and South Wales Staff at a joint training location in Bridgend, with support from the University for the Qualifications Element of their studies.

The PEQF aims to ensure consistent practice in terms of the implementation, assessment and accreditation of initial police training across the 43 forces in England and Wales.

A total of 90 new police recruits were greeted by UWTSD’s Roger Maidment, Dean of the Institute of Management and Health, South Wales Police Chief Constable and UWTSD Honorary Fellow Matt Jukes and Gwent Police Chief Constable Pam Kelly, an alumnae and Honorary Fellow of UWTSD on Monday, September 23 in Bridgend.

Roger Maidment said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome the new recruits to begin their studies. Meaningful collaboration with public and private organisations is central the University’s mission to deliver genuinely transformative educational experiences for our students. The apprenticeship framework integrating academic study and critical reflection with professional experience as a police officer will not only impact on their immediate practice but will provide a firm foundation for future career development within the service.”

Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: “Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: “The very first cohort of new police officers have joined us through these new recruitment routes. They will all find themselves based across the force area which is where their policing journey will truly begin.  It is a real honour to be able to welcome them to the force.

In the months and years to come, these officers will face challenges every day. The threats and level of the demand that we deal with as a service have never been greater or more complex, but despite that, these men and women have signed up and made a promise to serve the public and to keep our communities safe.

We, along with their family and friends are very proud of what they have achieved so far and I would like to wish them every success for the future as they continue their careers with us.”

Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Pam Kelly said: “We are very proud of our new recruits who were the very first officers to join us under the new professional framework. These new entry routes provide a real opportunity not only for new recruits to achieve their ambition of becoming a police officer, but also with a route to achieve a degree or diploma in policing. Their wealth of experience, coupled with their professional training, will align their skills, powers and experience to meet challenging requirements that officers face on a daily basis.

“Policing is exciting, highly challenging and rewarding, and I’d like to congratulate these officers on their progress so far and wish them all the very best in their onward journey with us.”

UWTSD has a collaborative internal team from the Institute of Management and Health, comprising the Public Services Portfolio, Wales Academy of Professional Practice and Applied Research and Apprenticeship Development teams working in partnership with South Wales and Gwent Police forces to deliver the Apprenticeship degree and postgraduate diploma in Professional Police Practice.

The first cohort of police officers at South Wales Police, who joined under the new Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) attended their passing out ceremony on Friday, September 13.

After completing 26 weeks initial training at the Learning and Development Centre in Bridgend, 75 officers will now work to complete the remainder of their probation (two and a half years via the apprenticeship route and one and a half years as a previous degree holder) within the community.

Eight additional officers who joined through the National ‘Police Now’ Graduate Leadership Programme, will also be joining Neighbourhood teams across the force, working to develop innovative ideas and techniques to tackle some of the most difficult quality of life issues.

Bronwen Williams Academic Director for UWTSD Swansea Campus said: “I was very proud to represent UWTSD to congratulate the first cohort to go through the new PEQF route. It has been a real challenge to merge the two worlds of academia and frontline policing and training, but I think this has been achieved by the excellent team working and collaboration that makes up the partnership between South Wales Police, Gwent Police and UWTSD.  

“This first cohort has been instrumental in that development and their feedback has been invaluable. As we move forward into the next part of their learning and training, the University will be there to support and guide them and we look forward to welcoming them once again as a full cohort when they graduate with us in July 2021 and 2022. We wish them all the best in this new phase of their careers and look forward to seeing them succeed and go far.”

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Rebecca Davies

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