Trainee - Investigator and Intelligence Officer

Please Note: This role has now closed for accepting applications

Joining as a trainee, you will undertake the Initial Operational Training Programme (IOTP). This is a two-year programme combining classroom-based learning and 'on the job' development and experience, resulting in you becoming a qualified officer upon successful completion.

Your skillset and/or expression of preference during the selection process will determine whether you join as a Trainee Investigator or Trainee Intelligence Officer. As well as being a role open to applicants new to the industry, more experienced applicants with a law enforcement background will be supported with a career pathway suitable to their level. This includes those who currently holding 'Professionalising Investigation Programme' investigative skills at level 1 (PIP1) accreditation.

As a Trainee Investigator you will investigate serious criminality, working as part of a team to collect and develop intelligence and evidence; to build and contribute to case file preparation to prosecute offenders. You will be working closely with other departments and partner agencies to identify threats from criminality and work in a dynamic, often highly intensive environment, to pursue offenders. There may be the potential requirement to deploy in a number of different roles for which you will be fully trained

As a Trainee Intelligence Officer you will be employed to collect, research and assess a wide variety of information that will support the decision making process that underpins the National Crime Agency. This will include a variety of techniques that include collecting, planning, analysing, evaluating, fusing and disseminating information in the context of the operation or activity you are supporting. Ultimately the result of your intelligence activity helps to protect the UK public and the operations we conduct at home and overseas.

These roles will be demanding and require full flexibility and the ability to work long hours at short notice.

You may be expected to work directly or indirectly in tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse. This may involve exposure to child sexual abuse images and material. All officers working on or supporting this type of operational activity will undergo a psychological assessment on taking up the role and at regular intervals once in post.

By applying for this role you are confirming that you are willing to work on child sexual exploitation and abuse operations.

Training & Development

The two-year IOTP programme is a blended training programme combining classroom-based learning with 'on the job' development experience. As part of this, you will be assigned an experienced coach and assessor who will support your development and learning throughout the IOTP.

The National Crime Agency has high expectations - your appointment as an officer of the National Crime Agency and continued employment is dependent on the successful completion of this programme.


23,086 rising to up to 31,410 on completion of the programme. Roles based in London will receive an additional London Weighting Allowance of 3,258.


The majority of Trainee Investigator roles are available in London, Warrington and the wider North West, Birmingham and West Midlands, Bristol, Scotland and Belfast.

A small number of additional roles will potentially be available in Exeter, Bridgend, East Midlands, The wider South East outside Central London, and the North East of England. When completing the online application form you will be given the opportunity to state up to three preferred locations.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for candidates who have the following:


  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Making Effective Decisions

Desirable qualifications/skills:

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, and applications and other web based platforms such as search engines and social networks
  • Experience and/or interest in the use of digital technology
  • Industry experience - whilst not mandatory, the NCA will consider your level of law enforcement experience and progress you onto a suitable career pathway upon completion of the IOTP

The Selection Process

  • Stage 1 - Complete the on-line application form providing evidence against the selection criteria
  • Stage 2 - Shortlist stage (This will be 250 words based on 'Collaborating and Partnering', 'Leading and Communicating' and 'Making Effective Decisions')
  • Stage 3 - If successful at Stage 2, you will be invited to complete an online assessment. The online assessment consists of a Verify G+ numerical, inductive and deductive reasoning test. Instructions on requesting reasonable adjustments will be provided at Stage 3
  • Stage 4 - If successful at Stage 3, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre, where you will be assessed on the above selection criteria
  • Stage 5 - If successful at Stage 4, you will undertake a pre-selection IOTP-specific assessment

Candidates who meet the required standard at interview will be posted in merit order by their location preferences.

Candidates who are successful but not initially posted as a result of this recruitment process will be placed onto a reserve list to be considered for potential vacancies over a 12 month period in merit order and by location preference.

Additional Information

  • The NCA is a 24/7 organisation, and working patterns must support business requirements. You may be required to respond at short notice or outside of core hours
  • Trainee Officers may be required to travel throughout the UK and overseas
  • You could be deployed to work on any type of investigation, including, but not limited to Child Sexual Exploitation, Cyber or Financial investigations