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Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police welcome a number of young apprentices

This week, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have welcomed a number of young people who join as the forces first apprentices.

Out of the six new apprentices, we are very proud to welcome the first female members of staff in the history of the force to the vehicle maintenance department.

Kesh Ladwa, Recruitment Manager said:

"Until this week, we have not had any females working in this department which was recognised as an issue and so have worked hard to ensure we recruit a more diverse workforce. It is a great step forward to now welcome two young women to join us as vehicle technician apprentices. We look forward to helping them acquire new skills and prepare them for future employment."Gabby Fletcher, Vehicle Apprentice Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Gabby Fletcher, Vehicle Apprentice

One of these young women, Gabby Fletcher, who has been passionate about cars from an early age, said the apprenticeship was "a great opportunity to fulfil my passion". Rachel Grant said she was "excited to work on a fleet of modern police vehicles" and hoped the experience she gained through the apprenticeship would allow her to one day run her own vehicle workshop.Rachel Grant, Vehicle Apprentice Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Rachel Grant, Vehicle Apprentice

Another apprentice, Mark Westcott, said his apprentice would allow him to receive more practical, workshop experience than he would studying at college.

The apprenticeship scheme is new for 2016 and runs across the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police alliance. Successful apprentices will join Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police for twelve months and will study for various qualifications based on their role.

Richard Elkin, Director of Enabling Services said:

"I am very pleased that we have been able to welcome our first female vehicle technicians, who join us as apprentices; this further shows our commitment to diversity in the workforce.

"Alongside this I'm incredibly proud of the excellent work the alliance has done to recruit from BME communities; in May this year our Delivery Diversity Group was recognised at the Excellence in Diversity Awards where we placed fifth in the category 'Outstanding Diversity Network' from over 1,000 nominees. We have also been recognised for our commitment to increasing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in the workforce by being named as a finalist in the Recruiting Diverse Talent Award category at the Race for Opportunity Awards.

Diversity Delivery Group Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Diversity Delivery Group at the Excellence in Diversity Awards
"The Diversity Network has actively sought out BME members of the community to encourage them to apply to join us by arranging and attending open forums and one to one mentoring sessions to give advice and support on the recruitment process. The results have already demonstrated a more diverse workforce, which has seen 28 BME officers recruited by the alliance since 2014. We are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the community it serves and will continue with this good work to ensure a more diverse workforce."

Interested in joining us? We have a number of police staff vacancies which can be found on our websites:

We are also currently recruiting Special Constables across Herefordshire, Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin), Worcestershire and Warwickshire. For more information please see our website:

Issued: 4pm Friday 9 September 2016, Sophie Flynn, Corporate Communications

Published 09/09/16