Apprenticeship Scheme

Qualitrain have been selected to introduce Lean and Six-Sigma skills within the Police Service. As well as currently working with the College of Policing, this new and exciting opportunity will really highlight the cost and time saving benefits of this qualification.

Members of staff placed on apprenticeship through Government Levy scheme

Six members of our staff have been placed on a Level 3 Improvement Technician Apprenticeship using funding from a Government Levy scheme.

The apprenticeship levy is a UK tax on employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3m, used to fund apprenticeship training. It was introduced in April 2017 and is payable by all Forces.

The members of staff, who already work for us in DMS, CMARC, Crime Support, Information Management, HR and Business Change and Innovation will work on a scheme based on ‘Lean Six Sigma.’

T/Detective Chief Inspector John Roddis, Deputy Head of Change, Business Change and Innovation Department, explains:

“The ethos of ‘Lean’ involves minimising errors and creating that philosophy, whilst six sigma gives you the skills and tools to understand how to achieve this, ensuring consistency is embedded within any streamlined process changes.”

“I see a real opportunity for this to fit in to the problem orientated policing agenda which is about developing a culture where people can work in a disciplined manner, solve problems and make daily improvements. It is also a development progression pathway for team leaders, supervisors and managers that want an introduction to the key principles, tools and concepts of six sigma methodology to be applied in a work culture that embraces change.”

One of those on the scheme is Gavin Atkins, a project manager in the Business Change and Innovation department. He spoke about going on the scheme and the benefits for him and the force:

I had no hesitation in putting myself forward. The ability to improve processes, eliminate waste and create efficiencies for the Force is something that will really compliment my role and will help the organisation during these unprecedented times. I believe the knowledge and skills I will get from this scheme will be valuable for the years to come. We are at the very start of the process but I am looking forward to identifying areas where I can put the learning into practise”.

The scheme is facilitated by Qualitrain, an accredited training provider based in Derby. Leon Bowler, Managing Director of Qualitrain talked about working with Derbyshire police on the scheme:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Derbyshire police on their exciting new improvement initiative. Past experience has always shown that significant and long-lasting improvements can be made by implementing the Lean & Six Sigma practices taught by our team. We can’t think of any better way to utilise the Apprenticeship Levy than to help improve the support processes for front line police officers so they can continue to keep the public safe”.