10 September 2021
Police officers retiring from the force receive career and resettlement help from Leicestershire Police Federation
Sixty police officers who are retiring from the force are receiving career advice and resettlement help from Leicestershire Police Federation.
Officers have been attending a two-day course that helps them with their next career step. They are given expert advice on how to brush up their CVs, interview tactics, information about financial matters and pensions and knowledge on how to use their transferable skills and qualifications as they move on in the world of work. The course is held in conjunction with Mightify, a specialist careers service for 999 workers.
The first course was held this week and received great feedback from attendees. There will be two further courses in October and November, which are now booked up. Due to Covid restrictions, places are limited. But the Federation hopes to hold new courses in 2022 and beyond.
Joe Lloyd, Deputy Secretary of Leicestershire Police Federation and Wellbeing lead, said: “I have noticed that we don’t offer any ongoing resettlement advice - whether that is for people retiring or moving on to other roles and jobs. This course is about maximising people’s potential and helping them to find meaningful work as they move on from the service. We want to help them as they negotiate the ever-changing world of business and the workplace.”
The training is funded by the Federation, the Group Insurance Scheme and the Medical Scheme, but the Federation is in talks with the force about the future of such a package.
Joe added: “We set up this training as we feel that officers deserve that level of care as they leave. People are no longer just retiring and putting their feet up. Some people want to have a part time relaxing job, others need and want to work full time in jobs that are credible to their experience. That is what we are working towards and that is what I think we should be offering to people. I am passionate about that. We shouldn’t be saying to people - ‘Thanks. You’ve done 10, 20, 35 years or whatever. Off you go.’ We should be helping them as they move on to the next stage.”