Our Department of Personal Development and Training, along with the Physiotherapy and Psychological Therapies, aims to provide a holistic service to improve our clients’ quality of life and wellbeing.
Our Department provides a comprehensive service working with retiring and retired officers to assist individuals to prepare for the future and to make a successful transition from policing to a civilian life that is rewarding and fulfilling.
Services we provide
Career and Development Coaching
Moving from a structured and familiar career can be daunting with many uncertainties. Working with a Career and Development Coach provides an opportunity to safely explore and discuss potential options to include paid employment, volunteering or training for a new career.
To assist our clients in preparing and planning for the future the following are available through the Personal Development and Training Service.
- Advice and Guidance (Work, Training and Active Retirement)
- Training Needs and Support
- CV Writing
- Completing Job Application Forms
- Interview Preparation
Advice and Guidance (Work, Training and Active Retirement)
A Career and Development Coach will work with you on a one-to-one to help you to develop a plan for the future. Many police officers look forward to leaving and see it as a time to pursue new opportunities. In contrast to this, for many leaving policing it is an anxious time. This anxiety may result from not knowing what to do, not sure of how to describe the skills, knowledge and expertise developed across a career in policing, loss of purpose and identity and a general concern about the ability to cope with major change.
The Career and Development Coaches are experienced in listening to clients and in particular how they feel about the future. The Coaches are skilled in helping clients with making decisions about what they will do when they leave or have left policing. Assistance is also available with finding information about providers of training and education courses, sources of employer vacancies, and volunteering opportunities.
Training Needs and Support
Planning to take a new direction may entail attending training to gain new skills and knowledge in pursuit of new opportunities. A Career and Development Coach can assist you in researching courses across a range of providers. They will also guide you through the types of courses available to help you to decide which fits best with current commitments. Financial assistance is also available to help eligible clients meet part of the cost of courses undertaken in support of a new career. Applications for financial assistance must be completed and approved before the training begins.
CV Writing and Application Forms
Gathering and structuring the information required for a CV or application form can be an onerous task. . It can be difficult to know where to begin when describing the skills, experience and expertise developed throughout a policing career. A Career and Development Coach can help you to gather this information to create a Master CV, however attending the PRRT Skills and CV course is highly recommended. One–to–one assistance is available with the completion of application forms to help you to promote your relevant skills and experience.
Thorough preparation is critical when seeking to increase the chances of being successful in securing a job. A Career and Development Coach can help you with preparing responses to questions, understanding competency based interviews, the purpose and structure of interviews and the Do’s and Do Not’s of interview practice. A greater awareness of the interview process can help boost levels of personal effectiveness and confidence.
Eligibility for Personal Development
The eligibility criteria for services noted above is as follows
- Serving Officers with 20 years of service and/or intending to leave the service within the next 10 years
- All Retired Officers
The following groups may use the service on a self-funding basis:
- Immediate family member/partner of serving and retired officers.
Training at PRRT
PRRT provides training at the Maryfield site. The courses delivered are as follows
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
This popular qualification is taught over 6 modules each lasting 2 days. The modules covered are
- Managing the Computer and Files
- Word (Word Processing)
- Powerpoint (Creating Presentations)
- Excel (Spread Sheets)
- Access (Data Bases)
- Outlook and IT ( Internet, E-mail and the computer)
Each module can be attended separately by clients not wishing to take the full qualification
- ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
- L3 Certificate in Education and Training
Personal Development Training
- How to Write about Yourself (Skills, CV and Competency Based Application Forms)
- Planning for Retirement
- Considering Self Employment
- Business Start Up
Eligibility for Training
- Serving Officers with a minimum of 25 years of service and/or leaving in the next 5 years
- Retired Officers who have not been in paid employment (to include self-employment) for more than 1 year
The following groups may attend courses on a self-funding basis:
- Immediate family member/partner of serving and retired officers.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Career and Development Coaching Staff have assisted police officers to explore the opportunities open to them when they leave policing. In our experience our clients are not always aware of the broad range of skills, experience and expertise developed in their policing role and indeed their value in other areas of life. Staff will support you in realising your potential, recognising your strengths along with the opportunities open to you. They will also help you to put a plan in place to prepare for your retirement.
Assistance with writing a CV, completing application forms and preparing for interviews are also available.
Not necessarily. You can meet with a Career and Development Coach in Enniskillen and Coleraine. Contact the Personal Development and Training Service at 028 9042 7788 or email email@example.com to book a meeting. Text relay number – 18001 028 9042 7788
Enrolments on PRRT courses are arranged through a Career and Personal Development Coach. They will discuss the suitability of the course with you, costs, attendance, course dates and the cancellation policy should you be unable to attend.
To find out more contact the service at 028 9042 7788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a meeting. Text relay number – 18001 028 9042 7788
All retired officers are eligible for advice and guidance through the Career and Development Coaching Service. However retired officers with over 1 year in employment or in self-employment may not access financial assistance towards the cost of courses.