Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship Level 4

Duration: 24 months

This 18-24 month high-quality programme has been designed by an experienced ex-HMRC counter fraud professional.

We work closely with central and local government employers to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for apprentices’ roles. Government employers also value the emphasis on inclusivity and diversity, recognised by our being named BAME Apprenticeship Awards Learning Provider of the Year 2020.

The Counter Fraud Investigator, sometimes known as Investigator, Fraud Investigator or Investigation Officer is a skilled professional role operating within law enforcement. He/she acts autonomously leading small non-complex criminal investigations and a range of civil investigations and sometimes acts as case officer within a larger team carrying out parts of more complex investigations, supporting successful prosecutions, levy of penalties (or equivalent) or making positive decisions to take no further action.

Background legal and procedural knowledge and implementation skills contribute to civil and criminal procedures, communication and relationship building skills enable the CFI to work with legal professionals such as lawyers, judges, magistrates and other law enforcement professionals to achieve common aims.

CFIs gather evidence, review accounts and other professional documents, understands and is able to search information sources and recognises material protected in law. He/she understands surveillance and when its use is necessary and proportionate.

The CFI handles confrontation and assesses and mitigates risk through effective planning. A competent CFI briefs, communicates, is aware of roles and responsibilities, is accountable for actions and decisions and able to explain them to others.

Delivery Model

The course is delivered through a blend of monthly full day digitally-led seminars with coaching from a counter fraud professional and online and offline resources. Activity is supported with access to expert pastoral and mental health care to enable them to succeed in what can be a difficult role. We deliver nationally.

All teaching is presently delivered remotely and there is an active programme of starts despite Covid-19.

The public sector trusts JGA with specialist apprenticeships. Existing clients include the Cabinet Office, Defra, DHSC, GCS, House of Commons plus GMCA, Manchester, Bristol, Salford, Coventry, Camden councils and others.

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