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Gwent Police and UWTSD join forces to deliver new qualifications framework for student officers

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to announce a collaboration partnership with South Wales and Gwent Police forces to deliver the new Police Education Qualifications Framework.

The collaboration, in direct response to new guidelines issued by the College of Policing, will co-deliver a degree apprenticeship, a post graduate diploma in policing and the new pre-join degree in Professional Police Practice, designed to raise the standard of policing.

Wynne Jones, Programme Director and Project Lead for Policing at UWTSD said:

“As a result of these changes police forces all over the country are working collaboratively with Higher Education Institutions to develop these qualifications and deliver a blended approach to educational and professional training. We are very pleased to be working with both South Wales and Gwent Police forces.”

South Wales Police, Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Policing is becoming ever more complex and demanding and the expectations on police officers to deal with the difficult and often complicated criminal and social issues they face is increasing. As such, South Wales Police needs to ensure all our officers are educated and trained in a way that prepares them for those challenges.

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“To that end, South Wales Police recently became one of the first forces in the country to offer potential recruits the opportunity to join the force through one of three new entry routes; the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship; the Degree Holder Entry Programme and eventually through the Pre-join Degree in policing.

“To deliver the programme of learning required for the Apprenticeship and the Degree Holder Entry Programme, we, with our colleagues from each of the other forces are delighted to be working in partnership with University of Wales Trinity Saint David and look forward to seeing student officers joining both the South Wales Police and Gwent Police forces develop under the new arrangements in the months and years to come.”

Bronwen Williams, Programme Director for the Public Services Portfolio said: “This is an excellent example of the way in which we are redefining our offer to ensure that students are able access higher education regardless of where they are in the world.  We operate within a global community facing common challenges and these programmes will equip our students with the skills that they require to find solutions to such challenges. Higher Level apprenticeships allow us to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract organisations to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing organisations and attract new investment into the region.”

UWTSD has a collaborative internal team from the Faculty of Business and Management, comprising the Public Services Portfolio team from the School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education and the Wales Institute of Work Based Learning team alongside the University’s Apprenticeship Development team.  This team will now work in partnership with South Wales and Gwent Police forces to deliver the Apprenticeship degree and post graduate diploma in Professional Police Practice.