In this Meet the Academic, we caught up with Anne Eason, Associate Head of Department Policing to talk about her experiences of apprenticeships:
Thinking about your engagement with apprentices, what are the main benefits you can see for someone thinking about becoming a Higher or Degree apprentice?
The main benefits are firstly, that as it is a widening participation programme, so students who might not normally qualify through the UCAS process to apply for an undergraduate programme are able enjoy the benefits of higher education and vocational learning. The apprenticeship also provides on the job learning experience, providing the platform for safe operational learning as a student police officer. Not only does this give the student the opportunity embed their learning but also to reflect on how they can improve and development themselves and the service.
What role do you think Higher and Degree apprenticeships have towards widening access and participation within Higher Education, and the benefits for the local economy?
The widening participation benefits result in the police service being a truer representation of the local community, where police officers will share local culture and traditions and thus have a better understanding of the community they serve. This will ultimately support more effective interventions in crime prevention and crime reduction, facilitating socio-economic growth.
What do you see as the role of apprenticeships in UWE Bristol and beyond in the future?
I believe the apprenticeship provision at UWE Bristol will grow as more and more professions seek specialist knowledge skills and behaviours of future employees. UWE is proactive in diversifying its curriculum and responding to the needs of the local economy and public sector. The high standards of teaching and learning will undoubtedly attract future apprenticeship development and subsequent opportunities for people from all walks of life.
Find out more about Apprenticeships at UWE Bristol.