SYP - Apprentice Auto Electrician/Vehicle Converter - Sept 2022

Churchill Way - VFM, Sheffield
£13,179 - £17,712

Role: Apprentice Auto Electrician/Vehicle Convertor – Sept 2022

Department: Vehicle Fleet Management

Location:  Churchill Way, Sheffield

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary:  £13,179 - £17,712

Contract Type:  Apprenticeship

This is an exciting apprenticeship opportunity to join South Yorkshire Police.    We are currently looking to appoint 2 Apprentices to work in our Vehicle Fleet Management department. 

Following completion of the apprenticeship course (3 – 4 years) and subject to satisfactory performance, a permanent position will likely be available as career progression.  

Role Purpose:

The successful applicant will be responsible for the conversion, repair, and maintenance of police vehicles, motorcycles, plant and auxiliary equipment owned, leased or loaned by South Yorkshire Police. 

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Lead by example and behave in line with the Police Code of Ethics ensuring that the force values and behavioural expectations are clearly understood and considered by managers, officers and staff in their decision making and actions; reinforcing and influencing them through all interactions and processes.
  2. Commission and de-commission a full range of vehicles for use by internal and external customers. Working to specifications where appropriate within agreed time scales and to the required quality standards.
  3. Working with vehicle users and supervisors to develop new vehicle builds as required.
  4. Work from written and verbal instructions as necessary with the minimum supervision, completing and maintaining accurate records.
  5. Relieve staff at other Workshops as directed, as and when required.
  6. Attend training courses, both technical and personal development either in-house or at manufacturers’ premises occasionally requiring overnight stay.
  7. Install Police radio, telecommunications and speed monitoring equipment, emergency equipment, livery etc.
  8. Diagnose and rectify defects on vehicle electrical systems, radio communications, speed monitoring and emergency equipment as fitted, including software updates and new component programming.
  9. Fabricate and install equipment to create bespoke vehicles such as cell vans, dog vehicles etc.
  10. Knowledge of and comply with C.O.S.H.H., all Health and Safety at work regulations, the use of P.P.E. and Force Policy to ensure a safe working environment. Additionally, practice good housekeeping at all times in the workplace and to ensure work area is clean and tidy and made a safe area to work.

Skills and experience:

  • It would be desirable to hold a full driving licence, however, in order to complete the apprenticeship programme and progress to Band D a driving licence is an essential requirement and the ability to pass the appropriate South Yorkshire Police Driving Test.
  • Undertake appropriate City & Guilds/NVQ 3 in Motor Vehicle Engineering and Undertake necessary Electrical Training to support conversion of Specialist Police Vehicles and general-purpose vehicles from ICE to EV vehicles.

For further information relating to the role and tasks of this position, please refer to the attached role profile.


We offer generous entitlements and supportive policies to enable a better work-life balance, some of which are listed below:

  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Generous ‘family’ leave
  • Voluntary CPD Events for all staff to allow continuous development
  • Mentoring & Coaching Scheme
  • Paid Professional Subscriptions when relevant to role
  • Access to a range of occupational health facilities
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Employee assistance service (accessible 24/7)
  • Additional benefits for Westfield Health members
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sports and Social Club


Applicants must meet the minimum requirement checkable history criteria, which must be taken into account for individuals applying to work with South Yorkshire Police in any capacity.  A minimum checkable history of 5 years is required for this role and successfully undergoing recruitment vetting procedure is a pre-requisite of employment with South Yorkshire Police.

Appearance & Standards:

The Force is currently reviewing the Appearance and Standards Policy, with particular focus to Tattoos.  All visible tattoos will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, pending consultation of the Policy review.  Until such time, please do not be discouraged from applying to the Force as any visible tattoos will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.  Any tattoo which could be deemed inappropriate, or cause offence will not be accepted.  If you have tattoos, you will need to make a declaration at the time of application.

South Yorkshire Police’s Key Values:

Please find attached information sheet on South Yorkshire Police’s Key Values. The force has a particular focus on three area, Fairness, Integrity and Trust. Under each of these three headings there are key behaviours we expect all employees to adhere to.

Closing Date:

Thursday 13 October 2022 at 23:55

Closing dates are not normally extended, other than in exceptional circumstances and agreement is made between the Talent Acquisition Manager and the Line Manager for the role.

Contact point for applicants:

For further information about the role, please contact Carl Oakes on 07443299158 or 0114 2961418, or Sarah Gilding on 07795237894,  Please do not contact Carl or Sarah for an application form.

Further Information:

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Diversity & Inclusion:

South Yorkshire Police welcomes applications from under-represented communities.  For further information on diversity and inclusion within South Yorkshire Police, please visit the diversity and inclusion page:

If you are from an underrepresented group and want to find out more about the support we can offer, please contact our dedicated team on

In addition, we will look to support anyone who requires Part Time/Job share working hours.

Apply for the role:

To apply for the role, please submit your CV to Carl Oakes at  before the closing date.  Please ensure you include the name of the role and the closing date in the subject field of your email.

You should write no more than 500 words detailing how you meet the experience and skills outlined in the attached role profile. 

Note to candidates:

Please note that, should you be successful at the interview stage, the relevant internal or external pre-employment checks are required.  These include vetting clearance or review, prior to being appointed to the new role and start date being agreed.

Internal Secondments:

To apply for this post as a secondment, you must have the support of your current Line Manager. This should be sent via email to the Hiring Line Manager.  Please ensure that the role title and the closing date are stated in the subject of your email.

Without support, your application may not be considered any further.

This opportunity is closed to applications.