Abigail, apprentice in Kent Special Constabulary

From a young age, I’ve always wanted to work for the police so I thought the best option was to apply for the Business and Administration apprenticeship programme.

Leaving school and working for a large organisation was daunting at first, however once I got to know the team I was able to relax and learn vital information to succeed in completing my apprenticeship.

I was responsible for looking after the administration for the Kent Special Constabulary. I really enjoyed working with volunteers and was able to transfer the skills I’ve learnt to secure a permanent role as Police Cadets Administration Assistant.

I’m extremely grateful to the Kent Police Apprenticeship Scheme for giving me the opportunity to complete the process and putting me in a good position to secure a permanent job. I would highly recommend anyone interested in the organisation, to get involved.

Aimee, 18, apprentice in the Community Safety Unit

I’ve always had an interest in the police and for a long time I wanted to join as an officer. Applying for the apprenticeship in Business and Administration was a step in the right direction.

I’ve been at Kent Police a year and learnt many new skills which I know I’ll use in the future. I can use different computer systems and know lots of different processes for completing tasks effectively.

My confidence has grown a lot and I know I’m a dynamic and productive member of the team.

I’ve really enjoyed my time in the office. I’ve worked with so many different people, all of whom have been welcoming and helpful.

The apprenticeship has far exceeded my initial expectations and I’d recommend it to anyone.

Henry, 18, apprentice in the Criminal Justice Unit

I knew that staying in school wasn’t the right thing for me, but I’d always wanted to work with the police. An apprenticeship turned out to be the perfect option.

While working at Kent Police, I studied for an NVQ in Business and Administration. I’ve learnt good time management and organisational skills and found it easy to balance work and study.

The most valuable thing I’ve learnt is the way a large organisation operates in practice; school can’t prepare you for this in the same way as first-hand experience.

My colleagues have been hugely supportive, guiding me through my year’s apprenticeship – I couldn’t have done it without them.

Overall, my experience has been invaluable – and more importantly, I’ve really enjoyed it.