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Transfering skills during working lives

by on January 30, 2013

The proposal to allow police forces in England and Wales to recruit senior officers from outside the service is generating debate this morning.

As reported here by the BBC, it apparently takes about 25 years for a newly recruited constable to work their way to the most senior level. This is said to deter talented people from other professions from joining the police.

Lots of comments here from the public on this issue including whether the proposed change would then deter young police officers who might perceive their chances of promotion to be reduced.

In the case of the police, it’s business leaders and Army officers who have been cited as potentially appropriate examples of who might be suitable. But with working lives getting longer, it’s a proposal that raises wider questions about moving between occupations during one’s career, transferable skills and how these might be identified and assessed.

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