36040 - Trainee Occupational Psychologist

£24,002 - £38,373 (salary dependent on location)
12 Months
Full Time

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity


The job holder will support the Leadership, Talent & Capability team by assisting in the application of Occupational Psychology knowledge, theory and practice. This will include assisting in the design and evaluation of selection and assessment materials and processes for internal staff promotion accreditation, or placement onto fast-track or leadership programmes. Work must be compliant with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles and Occupational Psychology professional standards, (BPS & HCPC) and enable HMPPS and MoJ to select and develop staff in a cost effective and efficient manner.

The job holder will contribute to the development and delivery of psychological research and continuous improvement activities within the Directorate.


  • Support the design, development and evaluation of assessment solutions for internal staff promotional assessments, and placement onto fast-track or leadership programmes.
  • Conduct research and job analysis activities as directed to ensure that the design of all selection processes are fit for purpose and in line with ‘best practice’ testing standards.
  • Carry out complex statistical analysis and interrogation of data to quality assure assessment outcomes to ensure they are consistent, reliable, valid, and report on adverse impact to ensure processes and outcomes are legally defensible.
  • Support the design and delivery of comprehensive training packages to train assessors, interviewers and role players.
  • Support the team, Directorate and HMPPS to provide Occupational Psychology guidance and/or research as required.
  • To maintain accurate, secure and confidential results databases.
  • To support the data/statistical analysis of all assessment results and the production of technical assessment and comprehensive candidate feedback reports.  
  • To support the design, implementation and delivery of best practice policy for supporting and making reasonable adjustments for candidates with disabilities through assessments.

Required Experience

  • Experience of delivering training and/or presentations


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service                                           
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Other Abilities

  • High level of verbal and written communication ability

Technical/Qualification Requirements


  • Graduate Membership with BPS (MBPsS)
  • Working towards, or must be willing to work towards the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2)
  • Good knowledge of statistics and competent in using SPSS


  • Test User: Occupational, Ability (or Level A equivalent)
  • Test User: Occupational, Personality (or Level B equivalent)

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1-     To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2-     To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3-     To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.  

Expected week commencing 21st September 2020

01/09/2020, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 36040.

For further details about the post please contact the vacancy holder Su Davies on Suzanne.davies1@justice.gov.uk

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour. The chosen lead behaviour for this campaign is Delivering at Pace.
if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance