Pre‐employment course: a partnership for success?

Ian K. Pepper (School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)
Ruth McGrath (School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 27 April 2010



The purpose of this paper is to examine the benefits of pre‐employment education and training and its impact on the students' choice of career paths. It focuses on a programme delivered in partnership between Teesside University and a North East Police Force, and provides a model for future pre‐employment education and training.


The paper describes the formation of a partnership approach to the delivery of a pre‐employment programme, and researches its impact on decisions for career selection.


Research evaluation offers evidence to support the hypothesis that a pre‐employment programme can significantly impact on decision making when changing or selecting career paths. It also emphasises the value of taking a partnership approach in delivery and content.

Practical implications

The paper could provide a model for pre‐employment education and training programmes in other work‐based fields. A key feature in this model is the partnership approach when determining content and delivery, which in turn provides students with first hand insights into a variety of police‐related occupations.


The paper focuses on the impact of taking a partnership approach to programme content and delivery. The findings support the benefits to students of a university and police partnership when informing learners of their possible future career paths.



Pepper, I.K. and McGrath, R. (2010), "Pre‐employment course: a partnership for success?", Education + Training, Vol. 52 No. 3, pp. 245-254.

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