202104: Prison Officer – HMP Woodhill – 43561
Prison Officer – HMP Woodhill
HMP Woodhill, V2 Tattenhoe St, Milton Keynes MK4 4DA
Starting salary: £29,118 (for a 39 hour week inc 17% unsocial)
City/Town: Milton Keynes
Region: South East
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.
During the recruitment process you will be assessed on the behaviours, strengths and abilities required to become an effective prison officer. The behaviours assessed are: Communicating and Influencing, Managing a Quality Service, Making Effective Decisions and Caring. Your natural strengths are assessed to find out what motivates and energises you. Your numerical, written English and spoken English abilities are also assessed.
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.
Due to the number of vacancies currently available this campaign will only be open for a short period of time and we will only be taking the highest performing candidates at online tests to our online assessment centre
The Online Assessment Centre
If you pass the online tests, we will invite you to an online assessment centre.
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 medical and fitness test. We 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 >> – https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/tips-for-applying/
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) and good hearing.
To work in a high security prison (category A) you must have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 years.
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
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 = £27,851 a year
39 hours a week = £29,118 a year
41 hours a week = £30,385 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
Launched in 2021 – Level 3 Custody & Detention Officer Apprenticeship. New prison officers starting in 2021 in many of our establishments will be enrolled on our new purpose-built 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 in 2021 you may be enrolled onto this professional apprenticeship.
If you are not enrolled onto the professional apprenticeship you will complete the same training as an apprentice with dedicated support and work towards obtaining a Professional Vocational Diploma in Custodial Care.
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 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 the online assessment centre 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity
Tell us if you have a disability when you apply, we can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online tests and online assessment centre.
If you require any assistance, please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJemail@example.com.
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Closing date 6th September 2021