National Crime Agency

Employer Award


Employer Award

The Initial Operational Training Programme (IOTP) designed and delivered by the National Crime Agency (NCA) supports intelligence and investigation training through an accredited flexible learning and development framework. The programme provides learners with knowledge, skills and experience to be at the forefront of fighting serious and organised crime.

Our unique training programme uses a blended learning approach and combines digital resources, classroom learning, mentoring and on the job experience. The IOTP learners are a combination of new employees to the NCA with little or no law enforcement experience and existing employees looking for a change in direction or promotion.

Learners can access the programme via a virtual learning environment and UK wide classroom-based locations. Digital learning, simulations, guest speakers, subject matter experts and one to one support tutorials all contribute to the learning syllabus. The learners are based in active operational departments and learn from experienced officers through coaching, mentoring, networking sessions, and operational duties.

Learners use a professional development portfolio to record evidence of their learning and log progress. They are also provided with individual support via experienced operational standards coaches and assessors.

Upon successful completion of the course the learners are awarded with a nationally recognised law enforcement accreditation, receive an uplift in their salary and access to promotions and further training to develop their careers.

This programme equips our officers with the skills and ability to cut serious and organised crime such as child sexual abuse and exploitation, modern slavery/human trafficking, drug trafficking, economic and cyber-crime. Without these officers, we could not support and protect all the communities that we serve.  Our officers aspire to #beyourbest

Learner Isobel said

It was a huge decision to change careers and start again at trainee level in a field I wasn’t familiar with. However, the IOTP offered the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge I’d need to become an intelligence officer whilst applying those skills in the working environment.