201703: Prison Officer - HMP Risley
Starting salary: £21,236 for 39 hours with potential to earn more
- SFJ level 3 diploma qualification (as part of your 10 week training)
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
- Civil Service Pension
- Work-life balance options
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Annual season ticket loan
- Career development
- Access to a range of other benefits through the Prison Service Sports Association
Working in a prison isn’t for everyone. But if you’re one of the few with the right blend of qualities, it’s a secure and very rewarding career.
Day to day, you’ll help to create a safe, secure environment where rehabilitation is supported and encouraged. In return, you’ll receive great training, excellent benefits and the chance to change lives for the better.
You’ll need great communication skills to deal with all kinds of situations, and your ability to listen well and make yourself clearly understood will be vital. Self-confidence, personal integrity and emotional intelligence are also a must, along with plenty of discipline and physical stamina too. Together, these qualities will allow you to support prisoners with their rehabilitation, while also maintaining a safe environment. At end of the day your resilience will mean you can leave work at work and bounce back from challenging events quickly.
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You will be responsible for supervising and managing prisoners decently, lawfully, safely and securely, ensuring that the routines of the prison operate effectively.
Working closely with colleagues throughout the prison, you will keep the prison safe and secure for all by conducting searches and prisoners, staff and visitors and responding to and effectively managing a range of incidents as ‘first on the scene’ and back up support.
While the role of a prison officer is not your average desk job, keeping detailed records on centralised systems and completing timely reports are also an essential part of the role.
You will need to follow national and local regulations and policies, and build and maintain strong professional relationships with your colleagues and the people in your care, while supporting prisoners to achieve their rehabilitation goals.
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a prison officer but you will be tested against a variety of values and criteria.
All candidates are required to pass an online application that includes a maths test and situational judgement test that assesses how you would react in scenarios you may face as an officer.
If you pass the online tests you will be invited to attend a Recruitment Assessment Day (RAD). In some establishments there may be an opportunity for you to attend a familiarisation tour before your RAD.
The RAD has three elements that you will need to pass to progress with your application:
- Role play - you will be assessed on three 10-minute role play simulations which will be video recorded. The role-play simulations will be based on situations you could face as a Prison Officer; however you do not require prior knowledge of the Prison Officer role
- Written test – you will complete some further prison officer selection tests which will be completed with pen and paper rather than online.
- Fitness test and health screening – You will have an eye test and basic health screening, which includes a blood pressure check to ensure you are well enough to complete the fitness test on the day. Your fitness test will then test your strength and agility in order to assess your ability to complete the physical demands of the job.
All successful candidates will be subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post. All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation that does not fit with the prison service values of diversity and inclusion.
Once you have passed the RAD you will be booked into a ten-week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) programme, which is usually provided residentially. As part of this course you will gain an SFJ Level 3 Diploma in the management and care of individuals in the custodial environment, which will give you a number of transferable skills, including communication, knowledge and understanding of working in custodial care, current legislative and organisational requirements and working practices.
It is a requirement to pass the POELT course and it is designed to equip you to work as a Prison Officer, but your initial training will continue throughout your first year of service and you will be required to complete all parts of it in order to complete your 12-month probationary period.
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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
In the event of a large number of applications, a sift on the lead competency may take place. If this happens, the lead competency will be the first one listed in the advert.
During the application or interview process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment. If this is applicable this will be listed in the advert or when you are invited to interview.
This Vacancy is closed to applications.