1) Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
This is a three year apprenticeship that leads to a degree in Professional Policing Practice, enabling new recruits to join the police service as an apprentice police constable and earn while they learn.
The learning will be done both on police training premises, online and whilst actually doing the job to help student officers gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours to become a competent police officer.
2) Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
This entry route is aimed at existing graduates whose degree is in a subject area other than policing, for example history or sociology, and who may not have considered policing as a career when they went to university.
New recruits who join through this route will undertake a two year learning programme to enable them to perform the role of police constable. Again, as above, the learning will be done in the classroom, online and the workplace.
3) Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing
This entry route if for those who already hold a degree and involves completion of a three-year knowledge-based Degree in Professional Policing, prior to joining the police service. Becoming a Special Constable may be included as part of this programme.
Candidates who are subsequently recruited will undertake practice-based training to develop specific skills and will be assessed against national assessment criteria in order to demonstrate operational competence.
However, North Yorkshire Police we will only be recruiting under the first two routes (PCDA and DHEP) for the first two years due to the pre-join degree graduates not having completed their course until 2022.