Serious and complex crime investigator apprenticeship

Conduct serious and complex investigations in law enforcement

Typically employed by HM Revenue & Customs, the National Crime Agency, police forces, the Ministry of Defence or the Financial Conduct Authority, the broad purpose of the occupation is to conduct serious and complex investigations. During the serious and complex crime investigator apprenticeship you’ll conduct investigations through research, analysis and planning to carry out operational activity. You’ll be office based but could carry out investigations locally, nationally and internationally. Many investigations will involve the use of covert techniques and using advanced technologies to target high-level organised crime groups. In your daily work, you’ll interact with diverse communities in order to, for example, obtain witness statements, gather evidence, conduct lawful searches of physical and virtual spaces and, where relevant powers are designated, arrest and interview suspects. You will be expected to undertake tasks independently, with limited supervision, as well as with other members of the case team or with other specialists.


Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: English

Entry requirements for the serious and complex crime investigator apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £28,000 per annum

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