202310: First Time Prison Officer Recruitment Scheme – Male prisons

First-time Prison Officer Recruitment Scheme link

£30,902 - £34,800
East Midlands, London, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands
Ashford (Kent) , Bedford , Bicester , Birmingham , Bristol , Devizes , Gillingham (Dorset) , Hemel Hempstead , Lewes , London, March , Milton Keynes , Newmarket , Newport (Isle of Wight) , Redditch , Rochester , Rugby , Shaftesbury , Thetford , Wrexham
Merit
HM Prison Bullingdon, OX25 1PZ, HM Prison Elmley, ME12 4AY, HM Prison Erlestoke, SN10 5TU, HM Prison Gartree, LE16 7RP, HM Prison Grendon, HP18 0TL, HM Prison Highpoint, CB8 9YG, HM PRISON ISLE OF WIGHT - ALBANY HOUSE NEWPORT, PO30 5RS, HM Prison Long Lartin, WR11 5TZ, HM Prison Mount, HP3 0NZ, HM Prison Berwyn, LL13 9QE, HM PRISON ROCHESTER ROCHESTER, ME1 3QS, HM Prison Stocken, LE15 7RD, HM Prison Swaleside, ME12 4AX, HM PRISON VERNE PORTLAND, DT5 1EQ, HM Prison Wandsworth, SW18 3HS, HM Prison Wayland, IP25 6RL, HM Prison Whitemoor, PE15 0PR, HM Prison Woodhill, MK4 4DA, HMYOI AYLESBURY AYLESBURY, HP20 1EH, HMYOI FELTHAM FELTHAM, TW13 4ND, HMYOI Guys Marsh, SP7 0AH, HMYOI LEWES LEWES, BN7 1EA, HMYOI ONLEY RUGBY, CV23 8AP, HMYOI PORTLAND PORTLAND, DT5 1DL
Band 3
Permanent
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other
Operational Delivery, Prison Officer

First Time Prison Officer Recruitment Scheme – Male prisons

 

Applying for your first prison officer role and happy to relocate? Get your career off to a great start, gaining valuable experience working at one of our busier prisons.

 

Move away to join a prison that’s 75 minutes or more from where you currently live and not only will you benefit from a greater variety of experience than you would working at a smaller prison, but you will also get higher take-home pay, your accommodation costs paid for up to 23 months, and a paid monthly trip home.

 

Choose 3 or more prisons you’d like to work at and, wherever possible, we will aim to find you a role at one of these.  You will be allocated to a prison that has the most need for prison officers at the time. 

 

You are only eligible for this scheme if you are applying for your first prison officer position – not if you’re looking to move from one prison to another, or if you have previously been employed as a prison officer.

  

What’s on offer?

  • We will pay your accommodation costs (up to £659 per month in London or up to £589 elsewhere) for up to 2 years
  • You will be able to reclaim the cost of a monthly trip home
  • After 2 years you can decide whether to stay at the prison permanently or move to one that’s nearer to your home
  • You will also be paid a recruitment and retention bonus of £1500 after the first 12 month and 23-month period

As the prisons on First time prison officer recruitment scheme list have an ongoing need for prison officers, you should be able to start your paid training sooner than you would if you applied via our standard application process.

 

An extraordinary job. Done by someone like you.

 

Prison officers protect the public and help make an impact on prisoners' lives.

If you have the integrity, skills and strength of character we’re looking for, this fast-paced role could be the start of a successful career. No two shifts or situations are ever the same. And, as you gain experience, you’ll find a range of opportunities to grow and develop into.

 

Someone like you

There’s no such thing as a typical prison officer. Our officers come from different walks of life, just like the offenders they work with. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, have worked in retail, the armed forces, or just feel like you’re a natural people person, you’ll have the empathy, self-confidence, great communication skills and resilience we want.

 

No matter the challenge, you’ll take the time to build constructive, positive and professional relationships with prisoners who could be at the lowest point in their lives.

 

Teamwork plays a vital role in this environment, so you’ll need to be fully committed to supporting your colleagues and understand the importance of acting as one team to keep the prison, prisoners and everyone who works here safe.

You will be required to work various shifts and some weekends.

 

An extraordinary job

In this unique career, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out many different roles in any one day. One minute you’re a peacekeeper, the next you’re a counsellor or a teacher. You’ll work directly with prisoners in a unique environment, helping to protect the public and make a positive impact.

 

Job details

 

Eligibility

 

To become a prison officer, you will need to:

 

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • be reasonably fit and able to pass our fitness test
  • have good eyesight in both eyes (both with and without corrective lenses)
  • For safety reasons, everyone training to be a prison officer needs a suitable standard of hearing (without the use of hearing aids)

 

To work in a high security prison (category A) you must have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

 

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

 

Successful applicants must ensure they have and maintain the legal right to live and work in the Civil Service and in the United Kingdom.

 

 

Essential skills

 

You don’t need qualifications to become a prison officer. Personal qualities are more important. You need to show:

 

  • communication and influencing skills
  • commitment to quality
  • effective decision-making
  • care and understanding

 

Pay

 

Your pay will depend on which prison you work at and your weekly shift hours. The figures below are based on a 39 hour week (you will start on a 37 hour contract until you have completed your initial training. You can then choose to increase your hours to 39 or 41 hours a week.)

 

Salaries quoted include an unsocial hours allowance

 

Salary - £32,851*

HMP Berwyn - Wrexham, Wales

HMP Erlestoke – Devizes, Wiltshire

HMP Gartree – Leicestershire

HMP Guys Marsh – Shaftesbury, Dorset

HMP Isle of Wight – Newport, Isle of Wight

HMP Lewes - Lewes, East Sussex

HMP Long Lartin – Worcestershire

HMP Onley - Rugby, Warwickshire

HMP Rochester – Rochester, Kent

HMP Portland - Dorset 

HMP The Verne - Rutland

HMP Wayland – Thetford, Norfolk

HMP Whitemoor – March, Cambridgeshire

 

Salary - £34,851 (includes £2,000 market supplement)

HMP Grendon - Buckinghamshire

HMP Highpoint – nr Newmarket, Suffolk

HMP The Mount – Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

HMP Stocken - Rutland

 

Salary - £38,530 (includes £2,000 market supplement)

HMP Feltham – Feltham, Middlesex

 

Salary - £36,351 (includes £3,500 market supplement)

HMP Aylesbury – Buckinghamshire

HMP Elmley - Isle of Sheppey, Kent

HMP Bullingdon – Bicester, Oxfordshire

HMP Swaleside - Isle of Sheppey, Kent

HMP Woodhill – Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

 

 

Salary - £38,445 (inner London)

HMP Wandsworth – Southwest London

 

 

You will also get:

  • your accommodation costs paid (up to £659 per month in London or up to £589 elsewhere) for up to 2 years.
  • the cost of a monthly trip home.

 

Prisons operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means you will have to cover various shift patterns that will include evenings, some nights, weekends and public holidays (these days are added to your holiday allowance).  Most prisons work with a changing shift pattern of 39 hours a week.

 

You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.

 

Benefits

 

  • 25 days’ annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
  • paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day
  • Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
  • cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits

 

Prison officer rewards & benefits | HM Prison & Probation Service (prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk)

 

Assessment Process

 

During the recruitment process you will be assessed on the behaviours, strengths and abilities you need to become an effective prison officer. These include:

 

  • communicating and influencing
  • managing a quality service
  • making effective decisions
  • caring

 

Your natural strengths are assessed to find out what motivates and energises you. We will also assess your numerical, written English and spoken English abilities.

Online Test

You will be invited to complete the online test, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.

The online assessment centre (OAC)

 If you pass the online test, we will invite you to an online assessment centre.

We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours and strengths to be a prison officer.

Once you’ve successfully completed the online assessment centre, we will invite you to complete a medical and fitness test. This will cover an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including a blood pressure check.

Read more about the application process.

 

The rewards aren’t all you’ll gain from a role in the Prison Service. There’s the sense of achievement you feel when you’ve helped a prisoner to get their life back on track - the kind of experience you simply won’t find anywhere else.

 

Job offers: merit vacancy

 

This is a merit job vacancy. If you are successful at the online assessment centre, you will be added to a merit list based on your score.

 

When all applicants have completed the assessment centre, the prison will make job offers to individuals with the highest scores first when positions become available.

 

You can stay on the merit list for 12 months. After this, you’ll need to apply again.

 

Your successful pass from assessment centre will be valid for 12 months if you want to apply for vacancies at other prisons.

 

If your application is unsuccessful at the sift/Interview stage, a six month waiting period will be applied during which time you will not be allowed to submit any further applications for prison officer positions.

 

Operational Support Grade Role

Our Online Assessment Centre (OAC), will not only assess you against the key criteria to become a prison officer but will also determine your suitability for appointment as an operational support grade  OSG   

 

If following attendance at your OAC, you are unsuccessful in your application to become a prison officer, we may instead offer you an alternative role as an OSG. Operational support grade - Ministry of Justice

 

If you are offered an alternative OSG role You will have an opportunity to choose 3 or more prisons you’d like to work at, in order of preference. Please note an OSG role does not include the First Time Prison Officer relocation scheme benefits / allowances.  Further information will be provided to you if you offered an alternative OSG role. Operational support grade - Ministry of Justice

 



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. If you feel the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you can raise a formal complaint in the following order:

 

  1. Shared Services Connected Ltd: call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or email Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com
  2. Ministry of Justice Resourcing
  3. The Civil Service Commission.

 

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.  

 

Disability support

 

As a Disability Confident employer, the Ministry of Justice is 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. We can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online tests and online assessment centre.

 

 


The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.
Please refer to additional job description attachment

    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 79813.

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

    Closing Date: 14th November 2023

    Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

    A Great Place to Work for Veterans

    The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
    For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

    Redeployment Interview Scheme

    Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

    MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

    What’s it really like to work as a prison officer?

    Our interactive online activity will give you an insight into some of the situations prison officers may experience day-to-day in their work.

    This is to help you decide whether the prison officer role is right for you, and your responses in the activity will not form part of your application.

    You can access the activity using the Interactive Activity button      Interactive Activity

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:

    · UK nationals

    · nationals of the Republic of Ireland

    · nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

    · nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

    · nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

    · individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

    · Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

    Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

    This Vacancy is closed to applications.