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What you could be doing | Early Careers


Graduates and Apprentices

Key to meeting our future policing challenges and creating a culture of innovation is the development and training of young people, many of whom go on to have long and successful careers with us.

Whether you’re a parent looking on behalf of their child or a young person considering their future, Derbyshire Constabulary could have the answer.

Current vacancies
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Upcoming graduate programmes

EMSOU - Forensic Volunteer Graduate Placement

Since the 2013-14, 19 students have been through their graduate placements and then been successful in gaining an established post within EMSOU-FS, with many still in posts within the Forensic Services today.

Based in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, you’ll attend scenes of crimes, recording and recovering evidence. Submit evidence for relevant analysis as per strategy or place into storage and work closely with investigations teams to produce forensic strategies.

These placements form part of your university course and will be of a fixed term nature typically a 36 weeks duration, Monday to Friday. Full training is provided during the placement along with opportunities to spend time with other units. Placements are across a number of departments which make up Forensic Services, including in the FAS Lab, Drugs Lab, Forensic Case Management and Forensic Imaging units to name just a few. 

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Police staff apprenticeships

If you’re positive, innovative, challenging, have a ‘can do’ attitude and can put a real sense of public service at the heart of everything you do, our Business and Administration Apprenticeship programme could be ideal. It’s designed to encourage young people into the organisation who can bring a range of new skills. Apprentices are assigned to different teams across the force and, as well as gaining experience within a busy public sector organisation, can also work towards a number of different qualifications.

From day one you’ll be encouraged to challenge the ‘status quo’ and suggest new and different ways of working. On the job training is provided by internal colleagues and, as part of your 15 month apprenticeship, you’ll undertake a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject. You’ll be posted to various headquarters departments too, including finance and business support, crime support, operational support, legal services, HR and IS. All the while, you’ll have the support of a caring employer that looks after the welfare of its workforce by offering flexible working patterns that allow employees to have a healthy work/life balance.

Although a permanent role on completion of the apprenticeship is not guaranteed, on average 85% of the apprentices do join the force at the end of the programme. Maybe you’ll be one of them.

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Meet some of the team

Amy Lakin, Apprentice HR Services Officer

I’ve always been interested in working in the Police, but I never knew which department I wanted to join. The Police Staff Apprenticeship scheme’s opened my eyes to the vast opportunities available here, while gaining a level 3 qualification.

It’s a positive, friendly environment – my colleagues are supportive and I have regular check ins with my line manager to talk about my personal and professional development. I’ve attended training courses on skills such as confidence building and had the chance to spend time in different departments, including shadowing a police officer.

One interesting part of my role is helping with the fingerprint service, supporting people who are applying for visas or overseas clearance. I had no idea this was a process that was done here and it’s helped develop my skills.