When Leicestershire Police introduced online learning opportunities with North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, they were surprised by the number of staff that enrolled. The programme is now one of the most popular types of CPD they have ever run.
Around 300 police officers and police staff signed up for the free, short and accessible online courses in a range of subjects from mental health awareness, and equality and diversity to team leading and business, all leading to nationally-accredited qualifications.
The topics have proved useful both for those on the frontline dealing at first hand with the health and wellbeing issues that are covered by the courses, and for those simply aiming to boost their professional development.
Janine Jeffs, HR Business Partner for Leadership and Management Development at Leicestershire Police invited North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College to Force HQ to run monthly enrolment sessions, so staff could get some advice on their options, see the course materials and benefit from a demonstration of the website.
Janine said, “The online learning programme has been fantastic for our staff because the courses are manageable and easily-accessible, so people can study in their own time. None of the training was mandatory and we were surprised that so many people have signed up. We had 11,000 views for the intranet article when the programme was trailed, and hundreds have gone on to complete courses and gain their qualifications.
“The health and wellbeing topics have been especially useful as many frontline staff deal with people who have autism, learning disabilities or mental health problems. The courses provide an invaluable insight into these conditions and enable colleagues to help people more appropriately.
“The Level 2 team leading course is a great taster for those who want to dip their toe in the water and provides a great progression route for our Level 3 Apprenticeship.
“The supporting materials are highly professional, and the tutor support from the College has been fantastic, with marking being carried out promptly and any queries answered quickly.
“The beauty of online learning is that staff can study in their own time and wherever suits them, using a PC, or tablet, or even their smartphone. Also, the courses are fully supported by government funding, so there is no charge to us or our staff.
“It is important to us that colleagues are able to gain recognised qualifications as this meets the agenda of the College of Policing which encourages the professionalisation of the workforce.
“All the training outcomes are logged against our KPIs for professional development and we are delighted that so many colleagues are benefiting from these highly popular programmes.”