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Prison Officer

202101: Prison Officer – HMP Berwyn – 40574


Prison Officer – HMP Berwyn

HMP Berwyn, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Bridge Rd N, Wrexham LL13 9QE


Starting salary:         £23,529 (for a 39 hour week inc 17% unsocial)

City/Town:            Wrexham

Region:                  Wales

Vacancy type:      Merit


One career, many roles

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


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.

Read more about prison officer careers >>


How to apply


The online application begins with important details such as your National Insurance number and right to work in the UK.


You will then be invited to complete stage 1 of the online tests, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.


If you are successful, we will invite you to stage 2 of the online tests, to see if you have the right natural strengths and preferences to become a prison officer.



The Virtual Assessment & Recruitment Centre (VAC)


If you pass the online test, we will invite you to a Virtual Assessment & Recruitment Centre (VAC). We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours, strengths to be a prison officer.


Following successful completion of this we will then invite you to carry out a fitness test. We also carry out an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including blood pressure check.


We will tell you what to expect and bring before the day.


Find out about the application process >> –


Job details



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.

37 hours a week =  £22,293 a year

39 hours a week =  £23,529 a year

41 hours a week =  £24,765 a year


All salary figures quoted include any additional allowances.


The standard working week of a prison officer is based on a 39 hours per week shift pattern.


You may also have opportunities to work additional paid 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

Cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits



Training and career progression

Initial 11-week entry level training on full pay and expenses. The 11 weeks is divided between 2-week induction at the prison, a 2-day welcome event at Newbold Revel followed by a 8.5-week foundation training course.

Ongoing training and development throughout your first year, working towards a Level 3 vocational diploma in Custodial Care.

Opportunity to progress to an advanced prison officer role.


Job offers: ‘merit’ vacancy


This is a ‘merit’ job vacancy. If you are successful at the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC), 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 those 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 day will be valid for 12 months if you want to apply for vacancies at other prisons.


Working for the Civil Service


The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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.


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:



Disability support


Tell us if you have a disability when you apply and we can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online test and assessment centre.


If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail



Additional Information

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail Please quote the job reference 40574

Closing Date 4th February 2021