Start your career with Greater Manchester Police


Start your career with Greater Manchester Police


Greater Manchester Police force is one of the top five largest police forces in the UK. With professions ranging from dog handling, safeguarding, HR to front-line police work – Opportunities at GMP are limitless.

Often the title ‘apprentice’ can be a deterrent, providing the idea that your role within the organisation may not be significant. However, this couldn’t be more wrong. Apprenticeships are a great way to widen career prospects, since you’re gathering both experience and qualifications at the same time – employees can see that not only have you gained the desired qualifications, but you have also demonstrated that you can apply the knowledge to a work environment. A win-win!

Whether you’re gaining a Level 2 qualification in Customer Service or a Level 3 qualification in Business Administration – the career pathways available to you are never-ending. With apprentices being placed across several departments and GMP sites you’ll be provided with the opportunity to work with so many different people and gain vital experience. Have a read of some real apprentice testimonies to gain an insight into the routes within GMP.



Administrative Support Apprentice based in the Intelligence Hub at Cheadle Heath Police Station in Stockport. “I chose an apprenticeship with GMP as I have wanted to work for the police since I was about 10 years old. I joined the Volunteer Police Cadets at 14 then applied for the apprenticeship when I left school. My role is very varied, every day I am learning something new. When I finish my apprenticeship I hope to secure a permanent positon with GMP and apply to become a special constable at 18. Ultimately, my goal is to become a police officer and eventually a dog handler. The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge in policing and I would urge anyone considering an apprenticeship to go for it and apply.”



ChangYu took part in our Business Administration apprenticeship for 12 months and was based in our Intelligence Development Unit in Longsight.

What your future can look like:

Changyu applied for the apprenticeship as he wanted to get an understanding of the police service. He went on to secure a police staff role at the end of his apprenticeship and is now a serving police officer. Speaking about the experience, he said “Becoming an apprentice was definitely the right choice for me and a great challenge. It has given me a great insight into policing and has taught me about working with different people from different backgrounds. These experiences have helped me achieve my career aspirations.”



Why did you want to join GMP on the Apprenticeship? I decided to join the GMP apprenticeship after I was selected to do Jury service. I became intrigued in policing after the trial that I was on had come to an end and was interested in the process of getting an investigation to court.

What were your highlights whilst on the Apprenticeship programme? My two main highlights of the apprenticeship have been meeting new people from different walks of life as well as the job satisfaction of helping people. During my apprenticeship I was placed within a safeguarding team who support vulnerable adults and children, this role really helped me develop my skills and get me the job I have today in the Public Protection Serious Crime Division.

What role did you move into following your Apprenticeship? I am now an Operational Support Officer responsible for providing administrative support to a number of teams. I complete a variety of tasks including transcribing interviews, typing up CCTV viewing logs and answering public enquiries.

What are your career aspirations? I wish to further my career within GMP and secure an investigative role within the Public Protection Serious Crime Division.



What to do now?

If you’re an honest and enthusiastic individual with a passion for maintaining a safe environment across Greater Manchester, GMP wants to hear from YOU! To find out more information about the opportunities available download Greater Manchester Police’s apprenticeship booklet here. To express your interest in these opportunities or to find out more about the application process, please contact: