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Equality & Diversity
Aspiring Professional (intern)
Fixed Term
4 weeks

Providing clarity; building trust. A job that matters


Job Title: Aspiring Professional

Salary: £17,142.84 (pro rata) - £1,318.68 over four weeks

Location: All locations – England and Wales

Duration: 4 weeks from 5th July – 30th July. All Aspiring Professionals must be available to start on 5th July


Your role

The IOPC Aspiring Professionals Programme is offered as a development opportunity for passionate individuals interested in working in the public sector. Successful candidates will be offered the chance to work on a community-focused project, develop workplace skills and gain professional experience.


This is a four-week work placement that will not offer permanent employment at the end of the programme but will provide each Aspiring Professional with direct experience of working within a high-profile public sector body, interacting with staff at all levels and across multiple teams. The programme will be delivered remotely and all successful applicants will be provided with the ICT equipment needed to work from home.


The four-week programme will offer work-skill training sessions, a dedicated team project and coaching support. All activities will contribute to career development and inclusive work practices.


Core Duties

  • Attend the IOPC Aspiring Professional induction
  • Attend weekly work-skills based workshops and sessions
  • Contribute to the completion of an allocated group project


Things to consider before applying

To take part in the IOPC Aspiring Professional Programme you should ideally be able to:

  • Work full time; Monday – Friday
  • Work 37 hours each week
  • Work during core Aspiring Professional hours; 10am – 3pm each day
  • Be available between 5th -30th July


We do not want any of the above requirements to prevent passionate and talented people from applying for a position on the programme. If you feel that you may not be able to meet any of the above requirements, please contact us at and we can discuss your specific requirements.



What you will need

Person Specification



  • An interest in pursuing a career in the public sector
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Be able to work with people from backgrounds different to your own
  • Demonstrate IOPC values
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer literacy including working knowledge of Word and Outlook



  • Grade C or above in GCSE English or equivalent
  • Organisational skills
  • Innovative and creative


What we offer

  • 27.5 days paid annual leave (pro-rata for the duration of the contract)
  • options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave
  • Civil Service pension
  • PAM employee assistance programme
  • staff networks focused on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff
  • flexible working options – programme ran remotely so you can work from home, ICT equipment will be provided

About the IOPC

As a totally independent body, not part of the police or government, we oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales. As well as setting the standards the police should apply when handling complaints, we investigate and make decisions on some of the UK’s most sensitive cases, including where police action may have led to death or serious injury.

Selection Process

We'll assess you against these elements during the selection process (level 1 behaviours):

  • Behaviour - Seeing the big picture
  • Behaviour - Communicating and Influencing
  • Behaviour - Working together
  • Behaviour - Developing self and others
  • Values – Being inclusive

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, to find out more, please click here. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete 4 sift stage questions based on the essential criteria. 

If we receive a high volume of applications for this role, we will assess Question 1 as the lead question. Applicants will have to score highly on Question 1 for the remainder of their application to be assessed. To ensure we review all of your application, you may particularly want to give careful consideration to Question 1. However, you will need to demonstrate you meet our equality and inclusion standards throughout all of your application to have the opportunity to be invited to assessment.

Additional information

We strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates who can bring a variety of life experience, unique skills and cultural knowledge into our organisation. We particularly invite applications from ethnic minority candidates, those undergoing career breaks and from care leavers.

At the IOPC, we are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the communities in which we serve. A more inclusive workforce enables us to be a more effective and efficient organisation, better understand and respond to the needs of our communities.

Positive action as detailed in the Equality Act 2010, allows us to use measures designed to help improve equality in the workplace, and create a level playing field for all, whilst still employing everyone based on merit. Our workforce profile data shows that people who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic are under-represented at the IOPC.

For this role – should we have a situation where multiple candidates have achieved the highest score and one identifies as Black, Asian and minority ethnic, by using positive action, we can select that candidate for the role, therefore improving this area of under-representation at the IOPC. We will only use positive action in this way where the highest scoring candidates have all scored equally, at the final assessment stage, and above our required threshold.


The IOPC is not eligible to participate in the Civil Service transfer process, therefore successful candidates will not be able to transfer to the IOPC on their existing terms and conditions.


Any move to Independent Office for Police Conduct from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at


If you would like any further guidance or support on our recruitment processes, or would like to speak to an IOPC colleague about the work that we do, please also contact us at the above email address.


Be yourself.

The diversity of our staff is one of our key strengths. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, sex, marital or civil partnership status, parental status, religion or belief.

We’re building a culture where difference is valued. Be a part of it.

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process

Reasonable adjustment

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.


Complete the “Additional requirements” section of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process.




09/05/2021, 23:55

This opportunity is closed to applications.