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Prison Officer

202112: Prison Officer – HMP Wayland – Part Time – 51301
£23,144 – £25,710


This campaign is for part-time prison officers . Click Here  if you are looking for a full time position

Prison Officer HMP Wayland – PART-TIME HOURS

Starting salary: £23,144 pro rata, based on 37 hours per week, but part time workers are welcomed plus pension and benefits,

Location:  HMP Wayland – Thompson Rd, Griston, Thetford IP25 6RL

Region: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Norfolk 

Part Time Prison Officer Jobs

We welcome applications from anyone wanting to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives by working as a part time prison officer (minimum 7.5 hours upon completion of training) at HMP Wayland, including at least 17% unsociable hours (during evenings, nights or weekends).  We can accommodate fixed or flexible shifts each week, to assist with managing other responsibilities outside work e.g. childcare or caring.  Local part time training will also be provided to minimise disruption to home life, this will be 18.5 hours over the course of 13 weeks.  After which HMP Wayland will discuss a shift pattern that suits your needs.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds, in particular applicants from ethnic minority communities and women and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve as well as applicants who require flexible or part-time working. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

If you are looking for a part-time or flexible role where you can change people’s lives and have the opportunity for development and growth, then we want you to apply to join us at HMP Wayland.    

Train for a job that matters

Negotiator, referee, educator, influencer, life changer – as a prison officer, you can be trained to undertake many roles and will learn how to create a safe and secure prison environment.  During your 12 to 24-month training (depending on the hours you work each week), we’ll show you how to support adult offenders with rehabilitation while protecting the public too. 

During this time, you may be enrolled onto our Level 3 Custody & Detention Officer Apprenticeship. 

Read more about prison officer careers


What does it take?

You don’t need qualifications to become a prison officer. Personal qualities are more important. In our assessments you need to demonstrate:

  • good communication and influencing skills
  • commitment to quality
  • effective decision-making
  • care and understanding

There are some basic requirements. You must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • be reasonably fit, with good eyesight in both eyes and good hearing

We’ll also check your numerical, written English and spoken English abilities

Numerical test

We use a short test to confirm you have the basic numerical skills needed to perform your duties as a prison officer. We assess whether you can count, add, subtract, multiply and divide. You will also need to work with basic ratios and fractions, extract data from tables and read the time in the 24-hour format.

Reading and writing

We check your writing ability and whether you can use written sources to make effective decisions.  You will need to be able to write in sentences that show a reasonable understanding of grammar.  You will need to read different sources of information and write a summary of what you have read

What are the benefits?

Flexibility in the number of hours, and shift pattern that you will be working upon completing your part-time training course, HMP Wayland will discuss your availability with you.

Your annual salary will reflect your weekly hours.  

Up to £8K gross (inclusive of tax) home-to-work travel expenses, or we offer a permanent relocation scheme for HMP Wayland if your travel exceeds 75 minutes each way*.  Click here to watch our recent webinar on part-time working for an opportunity to find out more.

 *These benefits are applicable to individuals applying via this campaign to take up their first prison officer role. Where expenses are received you will be required to sign a written undertaking to make pro-rata repayments on in the event of resignation within two years’ service.

  • In addition, you can expect up to 25 days of annual holiday pro rata (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service), paid time off for public holidays and one extra privilege day. As prisons operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you may be expected to work on some public and bank holidays. Any that you do work will be added to your annual leave entitlement.  Your annual leave will be pro rata to reflect your part-time hours. 
  • You’ll also benefit from a Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
  • a cycle to work scheme
  • property rental deposit loans
  • travel loans and Key Worker housing schemes.
  • At Wayland you will benefit from free parking, free use of the gym and weekly refreshments.
  • You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.



The initial training will average 18.5 hours a week, which you will be paid for.  After training, you will be able to discuss the number of hours you are able to work with your establishment, and your working pattern/rota for working shifts, including full days, evenings, weekends, and nights.  Once you start at HMP Wayland you will be enrolled onto our professional apprenticeship. If you are not enrolled onto the professional apprenticeship you will still 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


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 51301.

Closing Date 3rd February 2022.