80659 - Practice Tutor Assessor - Southampton (Fixed Term/Loan) (South Central)

£30,812 - £38,289
12 Months
South West
NPS Pay Band 4 National
Fixed Term , Loan
Up to a Minimum of 3 years
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other
Education and Training

This vacancy is advertising for one fixed term appointment of 3 years, with the possibility to be extended.

Overview of the job

This is an NPS role. The post holder will be a member of the divisional training team in NPS or in HMPPS Wales. The post will be based within one of the NPS divisions or in Wales with some travel outside of that area

The post holder will report to the Divisional Training Manager/Deputy Divisional Training Manager. The training function is part of the HMPPS Learning & Development Group.

The post holder works as part of the divisional training team to deliver probation qualifications at local level. This will include co-ordinating the needs of a group of learners and working with them individually and in groups both in the NPS and CRC.

Regular travel and some overnight stays are an integral part of this role. When required, PTAs will be expected to provide mutual assistance to other parts of HMPPS L&D in order to meet the business need.

The role is a training function and the post holder will be required to apply their professional skills and specialist knowledge to ensure the effective delivery of probation qualifications and associated professional skills.

This post will not have line management responsibilities.


Co-ordinate and deliver all aspects of probation qualifications including brokering learning opportunities and monitoring the progress of learners based in NPS/HMPPS in England and Wales and in CRCs. Duties will include mentoring, assessment and coaching of learners in these organisations.

Assess VQ candidates in compliance with the requirements of the Awarding Body Design and deliver professional skills workshops

The post holder will be required to undertake quality assurance functions of learner work products and other quality functions dependant on business need. Relevant training will be provided.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Participate in the selection of learners due to undertake probation qualifications
  • Undertake the design, co-ordination and delivery of a range of training and learning opportunities to facilitate the learner's achievement of probation qualifications.
  • Identify individual learning needs, including reasonable adjustments and issues relating to learning style
  • Complete and monitor a learning agreement for each learner in accordance with the Regulatory Framework
  • Undertake regular developmental sessions with learners to identify ongoing needs and review progress on the qualification
  • Identify performance issues and report these to the relevant line manager and to the Divisional Training Manager. Collaborate with the line manager to develop and an action plan to address issues.
  • Provide written reports in respect of learner progress, including in relation to performance management.
  • Proactively manage learner attendance at learning events and support managers in taking remedial action to manage sickness absence to achieve qualification completion.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, quality assurance and support the development of reflective practice in all aspects of work with learners and colleagues.
  • Provide PTA cover in the absence of colleagues
  • Attend all required training and assessment sessions and achieve the assessor award within 12 months of taking up post
  • Use a variety of assessment methods with learners in line with the Awarding Body and sector assessment strategy, including written observations, performance feedback and digital recordings of professional discussions
  • Maximise the use of IT and technology, including the use of the eportfolio system
  • Attend standardisation meetings as required and liaise with Internal and External Quality Assurers to ensure the consistency and quality of assessments
  • As and when required, undertake Internal Quality Assurance processes including chairing standardisation meetings; liaison with National Centre and divisional teams; attend Qualification Assurance Group as divisional representative and prepare for External Quality Assurance visits.
  • Ensure assessment processes reflect best practice, are fair and consistent and meet the requirements of the Awarding Body
  • Liaise with staff at the Higher Education provider to ensure learners' progress towards achievement of academic awards and verify work based assignments, if required
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with learners, colleagues and external agencies including CRCs
  • Maintain probation professional knowledge by attending relevant training events and practical experience, as identified in the appraisal process.
  • Travel regularly across the division/Wales and elsewhere, as required by the role

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.


  • Leadership
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Essential Experience

  • Experience of probation practice and knowledge of latest policy developments
  • Strong organisational skills, planning and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Probation officer work with offenders

Technical requirements

  • Probation Officer Qualification
  • Knowledge of probation qualifications

Probation Officer Qualification

Please note, we require candidates to have at least two years experience as a probation officer in order to apply and be successful for the role of Practice Tutor Assessor.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.  

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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.

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid. 


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, plus public holidays. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis


The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).  Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.


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


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.


All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post


  • 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 moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. 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. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

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. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Interviews are likely to be held in early December.

17/11/2023, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference - 80659.

Should you require any further information about the role, please contact Des.Grant@justice.gov.uk or SCHub.recruitmentandsupport@justice.gov.uk.

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.

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

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Leadership - 250 word limit
Developing Self and Others - 250 word limit
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Making Effective Decisions - 250 word limit
Technical Skills
Must have:
Probation Officer Qualifications and knowledge of Probation Officer Qualifications - Minimum two years experience as a Probation Officer is required for the role. - 250 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Developing Self and Others
Working Together
Delivering at Pace
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.

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.

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.