“I come into work every day feeling excited about my job – something I’d never experienced before.”

As a staff member working for Nottinghamshire Police’s Multi-Agency Intelligence Team, Rebecca Tansley, a current business administration apprentice, has encouraged others to follow in her footsteps.

While studying her apprenticeship last year, Rebecca was swiftly given the opportunity for permanent employment due to her proficiency in her role.

Now, at just 22, she provides intelligence to aid officers and staff working on investigations across the county.

Rebecca said: “When I finished my A-levels, I quickly decided that university wasn’t an avenue I wanted to explore, so I looked for apprenticeship opportunities.

“I worked in a different role for a few months but it wasn’t for me. It was then that I started to look at roles in policing.

“The opportunity to help people and do something for the benefit of society appealed to me and I was so interested when I saw apprenticeship opportunities at Notts Police.

“I saw the apprenticeship role advertised in the Multi-Agency Intelligence Team and thought it sounded fantastic, so I applied.”

Rebecca was initially concerned that she did not have a degree and felt that this could potentially hold her back when she applied for a position in the intelligence team.

She said: “I think there’s a misconception that you need a degree to work in a lot of policing roles but that hasn’t been my experience.

“Obviously for some roles they are required and I think some people see the types of opportunities and think, ‘there’s no way I could do that’, but you can.

“I now work in a busy team gathering intelligence to support investigations. It’s so interesting and no two days are the same, I’m always excited to come into work – something I had never experienced before.”

Rebecca, who is due to complete her apprenticeship by the end of March, was quickly given the opportunity to apply for a permanent position – an opportunity she grabbed with both hands.

Rebecca said: “I couldn’t speak more highly of the support I received while working and studying my apprenticeship at Nottinghamshire Police.

“Despite working on my course in the middle of a pandemic, I am always given time to do my coursework and feel like my studies were treated with respect.

“Now I have a permanent position, something I understand the force aims to help other apprentices achieve, I am absolutely delighted.

“If I was going to give advice to anyone who is thinking of applying for a role in the force, I’d just say go for it. You’re more capable than you think you are and you will be supported throughout your time here.”

Ron Lawrence, apprentice officer at Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Rebecca is a real superstar. She’s a shining example of what the apprenticeship roles at Nottinghamshire Police in partnership with West Notts College have been created for.

“Apprentices are our future, and our programmes equip young people with the skills, knowledge and support to be the best they can be.

“You won’t be alone, you will build strong relationships with your team to help you make the first steps in your career with Nottinghamshire Police.”

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