Modern Apprenticeship


What's Policing like?

Do you want to make Scotland a safer place? If so, studying for a policing apprenticeship gives you the chance to be part of a sector that is focused on protecting people.   

The apprenticeship is ideal for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in Scottish society. Discover how to investigate a crime scene and handle evidence. Improve your knowledge of crime-fighting techniques such as surveillance, access control and e-reporting. Develop strong relationships with local communities and help to keep the peace.   

Whether you’re interested in crime prevention or rehabilitation, there’s a role for you in Scotland’s policing industry. Become a police constable and investigate different cases. Work as a road policing officer and monitor busy thoroughfares. Become a dog handler and work with police canines to detect illegal substances. 

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Entry requirements

Due to the nature of the role, you will need to be 18 to apply for a policing apprenticeship. There is a rigorous recruitment process that involves a high level of physical and mental fitness. To be eligible for the apprenticeship you must:  

  • Have a body mass index between 18 – 30 and meet mandatory national eyesight standards 

  • Be mentally capable of carrying out policing duties   

The application process involves a Standard Entrance Test (SET), interview, assessment day and fitness assessment.  

How does it work?

You’ll learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. You’ll also study with a college or another learning provider. 

How long will it take?

This Modern Apprenticeship will take two years to complete.   

How to apply

Use the 'Find vacancies near you' search at the end of this page to look for vacancies, then you can apply online.

You'll apply on Apprenticeships.scot or the company’s own website – there are details on the vacancy advert.

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