A Step Project with the Isle of Man Constabulary
The Isle of Man Constabulary has now taken part in the Department for Enterprise’s Step Programme twice as a host organisation. We caught up with the project coordinator at the Constabulary, Cathryn Bradley, who arranged the project in the 2019 Step Programme, where an undergraduate completed a ten-week project. The undergraduate was tasked with assessing the impact of the Equality Act 2017 on the Constabulary, ensuring the Constabulary met their Public Sector duty compliance and to start the screening/assessment process of all polices and standard operating procedures.
The context of the project
The Police is one of the three Emergency Services that not only has to be able to respond to immediate and emerging incidents but also able to deal with complex and challenging investigations. Their mission is ‘Keeping People Safe’ and they can only achieve this by working with the community and partner agencies. They have to be able to respond to the needs of the Isle of Man community and the introduction of the Equality Act, 2017 will help them achieve that.
How has your organisation benefitted from your Step student’s work?
‘The impact on the Constabulary has been massive. It was an essential piece of work to comply with new legislation but it was difficult to find the resources within the staff we have. We were aware of the risks that we faced if this piece of work was not completed. The work undertaken gave us a good starting point and baseline to work from, which we have been able to build upon.’
Were you pleased with the work your student produced?
‘We were more than pleased. The student we had matched our needs perfectly. They worked without supervision but were also an important part of the team. They performed at such a level they were able to represent the Constabulary at meetings with partners.’
What were the key benefits to taking part in the Step Programme as an organisation?
- ‘The student completed an essential piece of work that could not have been achieved within existing resources.
- Using a student without internal knowledge brings and independent, unique perspective.
- It raises the profile of what the organisation is about to a different group of people, in this case, young people.’
Would you recommend the Step Programme to other local organisations?
‘Without a doubt, but I would advise that the organisation be clear about what is required from the student and to use them in a meaningful way.’
How well-matched was your Step student to both the project work and the organisation?
‘The student we had with us could not have been a better match. We developed an excellent rapport and they became part of the team. They returned to see us socially at Christmas and will be returning at Easter to undertake some more work with us.
I think it is important to note the self-development the student gained whilst on placement. I noticed how they matured over the 10 weeks with us – gaining confidence and new skills.’
Taking part in the next Step Programme
If the Step Programme sounds of interest to your organisation please visit www.dfe.im/step or contact StepScheme.DfE@gov.im to find out more and apply to become a host or in the next intake.