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Embedding employability within higher education for the profession of policing

Ian Pepper (Department of Law, Policing and Investigation, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)
Ruth McGrath (Department of Law, Policing and Investigation, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 22 January 2019

Issue publication date: 23 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the impact of an employability module, the College of Policing Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP), on students’ career aspirations, their confidence and wish to join the police along with the appropriateness of the module. This will inform the implementation of employability as part of the College of Policing-managed Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

Design/methodology/approach

A three-year longitudinal research study used mixed methods across four points in time to evaluate the impact on students studying the employability module.

Findings

The research suggests that the employability-focussed CKP was useful as an introduction to policing, it developed interest in the police and enhanced the confidence of learners applying to join. Lessons learnt from the CKP should be considered during the implementation of the PEQF.

Research limitations/implications

The ability to generalise findings across different groups is limited as other influences may impact on a learner’s confidence and employability. However, the implications for the PEQF curriculum are worthy of consideration.

Practical implications

As the police service moves towards standardised higher educational provision and evolution of policing as a profession, lessons can be learnt from the CKP with regards to the future employability of graduates.

Originality/value

Enhancing the employability evidence base, focussing on policing, the research identified aspects which may impact on graduates completing a degree mapped to the PEQF. The research is therefore of value to higher education and the professional body for policing.

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Citation

Pepper, I. and McGrath, R. (2019), "Embedding employability within higher education for the profession of policing", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 319-328. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-06-2018-0061

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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