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Prison Officer

202106: Prison Officer – HMP Drake Hall – 44757
£22,851
Stafford

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Prison Officer – HMP Drake Hall

HMP Drake Hall – Eccleshall, Stafford ST21 6LQ

Starting salary:     £24,118 (for a 39 hour week inc 17% unsocial)

City/Town:            Stafford

Region:                Staffordshire

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 >>https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/

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/

Job details

Eligibility

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 in both eyes.

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

Pay

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 =   £22,851 a year

39 hours a week =   £24,118 a year

41 hours a week =   £25,385 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.

Benefits

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

Launching in 2021 – Level 3 Custody & Detention Officer Apprenticeship. New Prison Officer’s starting in 2021 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 will be enrolled on to this professional apprenticeship.

Prison officers starting this year will complete the same training as an apprentice with dedicated support and work towards obtaining a Professional Vocational Diploma in Custodial Care.

Full details of the apprenticeship scheme and how it will enhance your experience as a prison officer can be found here – https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/apprenticeships/

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

Disability support

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 MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com.

Additional Information

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk. Please quote the job reference 44757.

Closing date 24th June 2021