Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Services PQiP (Professional Qualification In Probation) Intake 11 ext South Central

South Central Probation Service
South West
Band 3
Full Time
Trainee Probation Officer

By investing in your future 
You could transform countless lives

Train to be a Probation Officer

Salary: £22,924 p.a. 

Where applicable for the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes, North Kent, South Kent, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Delivery Units only, a Market Force Allowance of £1,100 per annum applies; and for London Probation Delivery Units there is an allowance of £3,889 per annum.

What the role involves  

By managing people on probation in the community, our Probation Officers protect the public from the effects of crime and give people on probation the chance to turn their lives around. By earning your Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP), you have the chance to join them. 

Even as you’re learning, you’ll make a positive impact as you encounter different situations over the course of a 15 or 21-month programme. The decisions and actions you take can be the turning point for people on probation and instead of being part of the system for years to come, you can help them leave criminal behaviour behind for good.  

Day to day, you’ll handle everything from going to hostels, visiting prisons and attending courts – all to make interventions with people on probation that enable them to understand their behaviour and want to change it. Throughout, you’ll be working with people to help them recognise the benefit of education, skills, treatment or maybe counselling to prevent reoffending. You will be working in an environment that supports a range of flexible working options, including the ability to use technology to work remotely, to enhance your work-life balance and support the needs of the business.

You will be allocated some study time toward the required learning components; however, some study will need to be undertaken in your own time and the amount of own-time study varies between individuals depending on learning styles.

What you’ll need  

As part of the Probation Service, we support people on their road to rehabilitation. It involves working closely with all kinds of people on probation often with complex needs, including those who’ve committed violent and sexual offences. As a Probation Officer, you need to be resilient as this can often make their behaviour challenging. Not everyone is ready to change, and you will experience setbacks. However, through our PQiP training programme, you will learn the tools needed to address such behaviours, engage with people and support them to make positive changes.

You’ll also work with victims of crime, colleagues across the criminal justice system, charities and the wider community. To be eligible to apply to the PQiP programme, you must hold a valid Level 5 qualification, or above, such as an honours degree, a foundation degree, a diploma of higher education, a Level 5 vocational qualification or a higher apprenticeship. It doesn’t matter what subject your Level 5 qualification is in.

If you are successful in reaching the online assessment centre stage of the application process, you must be able to provide evidence that you have successfully passed a Level 5 (or above) qualification by producing a valid certificate when asked at the start of your online assessment centre.  If you have not yet undergone your graduation ceremony, or have still not received your certificate at the time of the online assessment centre, you can instead produce a valid transcript from the university as evidence, or a letter of confirmation of your pass mark from your education provider. The online assessment centres are scheduled to take place in November 2021.

Please note: If you are unable to produce evidence of a Level 5 qualification, then you will not be able to continue with your online assessment centre and your application will be withdrawn.

If necessary, you can complete the following 4 required knowledge modules within the first 6 months of the course, followed by a 15-month PQiP qualification.

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Understanding Crime and Criminal Behaviour
  • Penal Policy and the Punishment of Offenders
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders

If you are successful you will need to undergo and clear pre-employment checks. This will include Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Enhanced Level 2 vetting and as access to the multi-agency ViSOR system will be required as part of these posts, police vetting – Non Police Personnel Vetting Level 2 will also be required.

Proof that you have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 years is required in order to complete the NPPV2 vetting process. The residency requirements refer to the period immediately before an application is made, and not any other three-year period, or any other accumulation of time spent in the UK.

If you have been out of the country for a significant period of time (usually up to one year) and maintained your UK residency you may still be considered for vetting clearance.

Candidates must be able to provide correct and up to date documentation when requested during the application process. 

For further information please see section 6 of the APP Vetting document here.

For more information on requirements for NPPV2 vetting please visit https://www.traintobeaprobationofficer.com/faqs/

All of our positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, which means all spent and unspent convictions are examined as part of the vetting process. As part of this, you must declare all convictions, cautions and absolute or conditional discharges – however long ago they occurred. More information is available here. This should not deter candidates with any criminal history from applying as all cases are always considered on their individual merits before a decision is reached.  

The Probation Service encourages applications from people with lived experience and we believe this can make a difference to our service user outcomes. A conviction does not necessarily mean you cannot become a Probation Officer. However, failure to disclose information will put an end to your application, as we expect a high level of integrity from all those who we employ.

What we offer  

In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary and benefits package. We offer a generous annual leave allowance of 25 days plus eight public holidays and Local Government Pension Scheme. 

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for a position as a qualified Probation Officer on a starting salary of £30,208 p.a. plus London Weighting Allowance or Market Forces Allowance, where this applies.

You’ll also be part of a supportive, diverse and friendly team environment – the perfect place to study towards your Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP). We will sponsor and guide you through your studies, and we’ll give you the opportunity to make the most of your career as a Probation Officer.

The location you are originally based at when you join the service may not be your final base due to transition work that our estates are undertaking over the next four years.

As part of the Probation Reform Programme the Estates Programme is delivering a 4-year modernisation strategy. This will create sites which will be modern and create the right atmosphere for staff and service users and enable smarter working.

Who we are  

As part of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), The Probation Service plays a vital role in the criminal justice system. As well as the management of people on probation we’re responsible for taking preventative measures that protect the public, support victims and reduce the risk of reoffending. Together with the police, prisons and courts, we help people turn their lives around and help our communities feel safer.

To find out more, visit www.traintobeaprobationofficer.com

Closing date: 12:00pm Monday 27th September However, we reserve the right to close the campaign early if a large number of applications are received.  It is therefore advisable to submit your application early.

We abide by the Civil Service Code’s standards of behaviour.

Our recruitment processes are driven by the principle of a fair and open competition leading to appointments based on merit (as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles).

If you have any questions about the Civil Service Commission or our Recruitment Principles, we recommend contacting the Civil Service Commission directly.

If you feel we haven’t upheld those principles throughout your application and want to make a complaint, first contact the Ministry of Justice. If their response is unsatisfactory, contact the Civil Service Commission

Disability support

As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. Tell us if you have a disability when you apply. We can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online tests and online assessment centre.

Additional Information  

Online assessments centres will be running throughout November.

Please note that the Technical Requirements section of the attached JD is not applicable in this case, as this campaign is for PQiP trainee probation officers. Please refer to www.traintobeaprobationofficer.com for minimum eligibility requirements

Please note this is a full-time post.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference 47775.

The jobholder must be able to fulfill all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.

Online assessments centres will be running throughout November 2021

Please note that the Technical Requirements section of the attached job description is not applicable in this case, as this campaign is for PQiP trainee probation officers. Please refer to www.traintobeaprobationofficer.com for minimum eligibility requirements

Please note this is a full time post, part-time or job share is not available whilst undertaking the qualification.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference 47775.

Closing date: 12.00pm Monday 27th September 2021.

The online assessment centres are scheduled to take place in November 2021.
As part of the probation officer recruitment process, you may be asked to attend an assessment centre in person.