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 Career and Personal Development Coaching
The eligibility criteria for one-to-one career and development coaching sessions is as follows;
- Serving Officers with a minimum of 20 years of service
- Serving Officers with less than 20 years of service who are retiring and have an actual retirement date
- Serving Officers with a date for medical retirement
- All retired officers
The following groups may use the service on a self-funding basis;
- Immediate family members/partner of serving or retired officers
Retraining with PRRT
To assist eligible clients the Personal Development and Training Service offers courses and financial support with the cost of education and training courses. PRRT courses are free or subsidised by PRRT for eligible clients.
- L3 Certificate in Education and Training
Personal Development Training
- CV and Applications
- Planning for Retirement
PRRT offers ‘Training Support’ to assist eligible clients with the cost of course fees. A percentage of costs may be reimbursed to clients up to a maximum amount per annum. The award of ‘Training Support’ is discretionary, some courses may not be eligible and is subject to the terms and conditions in force at the time of the application.
Eligibility for Training Courses and Training Support
Eligibility for PRRT training courses and training support is as follows:
- Serving officers with a minimum of 25 years of service
- Serving Officers with less than 25 years of service who are retiring and have an actual leaving date
- Retired Officers who have not been in permanent employment (including self-employment) for more than 1 year
- Subject to the latest terms and conditions
The following groups may attend courses on a self-funding basis:
- Officers who are not currently eligible
- Immediate family member/partner of serving or 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.
Personal Development & Training Locations
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