/ GMP launches new apprenticeship programme

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is offering young people the opportunity to develop their skills in an exciting, fast-moving work environment as part of a new apprentice scheme.

Successful recruits will become Operational Support Officers (OSOs), and will work alongside police officers and staff in the Force’s new Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

They will receive on-the-job training to help them develop their skills in areas such as customer service, administration and IT support. 

Vacancies are currently being advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk  with a closing date of Monday 3 December 2012.

Further information and advice can be obtained from Damar Training on 0161 480 8171 or at info@damartraining.com

Billa Duggal, GMP’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, said: “This scheme is all about giving young people valuable experience that will help them to develop their skills and become more employable in workplaces across Greater Manchester.

“We want to encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly young people aged 18-24 who are currently not in education, employment or training, as this is an exciting opportunity which offers a salary that compares very favourably to the apprentice national minimum wage.”

The apprenticeship project supports GMP’s new neighbourhood policing model, and will see the appointment of up to 22 OSOs who will work in all boroughs across the region.

They are expected to start in February 2013.

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