Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Services PQiP (Professional Qualification In Probation) Intake 10B North West

North West Probation Service
North 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. 

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 offenders in the community, our Probation Officers protect the public from the effects of crime, and give offenders 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 offenders – 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 offenders 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.

What you’ll need  

Our Probation Officers come from a broad range of backgrounds – and this breadth of experience helps us better serve those we work with. But while there is no single type of Officer, they all share essential qualities such as emotional intelligence, resilience and the ability to stay calm under pressure. You’ll need to be the kind of person who can build rapport quickly and de-escalate potentially volatile situations. You’ll be happy to self-manage, and have a passion and commitment to your work, while excellent report-writing skills are also a must. Lastly, you should have some experience in working with people who have demonstrated challenging behaviour.

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. 

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 your application is 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. 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 National 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 National Probation Service plays a vital role in the criminal justice system. As well as the management of offenders, 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

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

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

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

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 June

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, 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 42736.

Closing date: 11.55 pm Friday 30th April 2021.

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

This Vacancy is closed to applications.