Register Your Interest – Prison Officer

Prison Officer

Register Your Interest – Prison Officer

One career, many roles
Role model, negotiator, referee, educator, influencer, life changer – as a prison officer, no two days are the same.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not able to accept new applications. However, please register your interest by clicking 'Apply' and completing your contact details, so that we can contact you as soon as applications reopen.

You will work with people from all kinds of backgrounds to create a safe and secure prison environment. You will support adult offenders with rehabilitation while protecting the public too. You will play a leading role in offenders’ lives, meeting regularly with a small caseload of 5-6 offenders. You will manage their development, from learning new skills to participation in education programmes, so there is a better chance they won’t reoffend on release.

You will also have the opportunity to grow your career, specialising in different areas such as negotiation, supporting prisoners at risk and resolving incidents.

It can be a tough job, but in return you will receive great pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team.

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Existing prison officers are not eligible to apply for this campaign


To be a prison officer you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have the right to work in the UK (If you are not a UK or EU citizen, but you have approx. 30 months or more leave to remain in the UK entitlement at the point of application you may still apply)
  • Be reasonably fit and have good eyesight
  • Be able to speak with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh

Essential skills

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

  • Good communication and influencing skills
  • Commitment to quality
  • Effective decision-making
  • Care and understanding


The initial training is 37 hours a week. After training, you can choose to work 37, 39 or 41 hours a week. Your annual salary will reflect your weekly hours.


  • 25 days of 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
  • Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits
  • Training and career progression
  • Level 3 Custody & Detention Officer Apprenticeship. This new apprenticeship has been developed to replace the current Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) and offer a more supportive and varied learning experience.

If you are successful in being offered a prison officer position you will be enrolled on to this professional apprenticeship.

Full details of the apprenticeship scheme and how it will enhance your experience as a prison officer can be found here –

This Vacancy is closed to applications.