51086- Operational Support Grade Driver – HMP Isle of Wight – 51086
Newport (Isle of Wight)
Overview of the job
Applicants must hold a valid Driving Licence which must include D1 vehicle category.
It takes teamwork to support our prisons.
As an Operational Support Grade, you will look after the day-to-day running of a busy prison, working in a close-knit team to carry out a range of support services – everything from patrol and gate duties, to managing deliveries, supervising visitors, and monitoring phone calls and CCTV. You will work shifts and nights to keep things running. Unlike our prison officers, your contact with offenders is limited, although depending on the particular prison you may interact with offenders occasionally.
You don’t need any qualifications to do this job. Helping to keep a prison running smoothly and safely requires good judgement, common sense, responsibility and, above all, teamwork.
In addition to your base pay, you will receive:
- annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after 10 years’ service (calculated on a pro-rata basis)
- 9 days bank, public and privilege holidays
- access to a paid Level 2 apprenticeship in customer service
- access to the generous Civil Service pension scheme
- season ticket loans, retail discounts, an Employee Assistance Programme and a Cycle to Work scheme
National B – £20,890
The salary figures quoted are for a 37 hour working week inclusive of a 17% unsocial hours working allowance and any additional market supplement payment that will only be paid at certain locations.
You will work an average of 37 hours per week and most prisons work with a changing shift pattern which can include working some nights, weekends and public holidays (these days are added to your holiday allowance). For an example of the shift times that you could be working please visit our website www.prisonsupportroles.co.uk
Responsibilities, activities and duties
You will be flexibly deployed to perform operational roles across the prison as required. Responsibilities, activities and duties are likely to include:
including Category A Prisoner escorts accompanied by Police.
• Receive and act upon briefings from Security Manager/Governor/Escort In-Charge.
• Complete weekly and daily vehicle inspection, including any equipment held on board; clean, fill with fuel and take to garage when required.
• Maintain appropriate contact with establishments while on external duties.
• Complete driving log and vehicle defect logs.
• Check staff on escorting duties on entry and exit to the establishment; follow set procedures for doors and locks on cellular vehicles and will hold relevant keys.
• Plan routes, including any overnight stays/safe havens and maintain awareness of the call sign for the police radio.
• Stay with the vehicle whilst escorts take prisoner to location.
• Maintain the security of the vehicle at all times, including during overnight stops.
• Search destination before prisoner is released from the cellular vehicle.
• Understand, apply and conform to national and local polices.
• Undertake weekly and daily vehicle inspections including any equipment held on board, taking remedial action where required.
• Transport goods as required including the delivery of recycled goods to recycle outlets.
• Maintain appropriate contact with establishments while on external duties.
• Complete all deliveries and collections of items including loading and unloading as per contract.
Undertake other support services tasks including:
• Gate/Portal duties: ensure the secure entry and exit of staff, visitors/ vehicles, carry out searches of staff, prisoners, visitors, contractors and vehicles. Issue and collect staff keys / radios.
• Contractor Escorts: be responsible for identifying and escorting vehicles and contractors within the establishment.
• Emergency Control Room/Control Room: operate the establishment radio system and CCTV to ensure the security of the establishment through secure movement
of persons and vehicles. May be required to train staff in radio procedures. May also be required to review CCTV tapes of visits, labelling and storing in compliance with protocols.
• Visits: book visits, identify and process visitors on their arrival, ensuring all visitors both domestic and official are appropriately searched and their details are collated, escorting them if required; Monitor CCTV.
• Censors/Correspondence: monitor/log mail and phone calls made and received by prisoners.
• Night Duties: ensure cell doors are locked/secure and all prisoners are safely accounted for.
• Reception: ensure that any prisoner queries and property are processed appropriately; Photograph prisoners; Collate all relevant documentation for the Reception/Property process; Search/x-ray all incoming prisoner property and parcels accepted in Reception; Receive items for prisoners and check all seals are intact on property storage.
• Prisoner supervision: supervise prisoners as required. Undertake prisoner clothing/property exchange. Assist with free flow movement when required.
• Food delivery: undertake food trolley delivery and collection, which may involve use of an electric tug vehicle.
• Understand, apply and conform to national and local polices.
• Respond appropriately to invoke emergency procedures in line with Local Security Strategy and National Security Framework, utilising knowledge of local contingency plans and the actions required in relation to incidents. Any initial decisions or actions will need to be referred to management for further action.
• Undertake administrative duties relating to area of work as required.
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.
How to apply:
- Tell us about yourself
Click apply and fill in your personal details on our application form
- Take a short online test
When you apply, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to take our online test. This is a behaviour-based assessment that assesses whether you have the right natural strengths and behavioural preferences to become an Operational Support Grade. You will complete a series of mini-tasks that are designed to elicit your natural behavioural preferences (e.g. how you naturally tend to make decisions). Whilst the tasks themselves aren’t set in the context of the role, they are designed to observe the behaviours that are most important for the role. This will take around 40 minutes to complete, but there is no time limit.
You don’t need to be a gamer to do well on this test. We’re just looking for your natural ability to succeed in the role.
Before you take the real test, we recommend taking a practice assessment through our Firefly Freedom mobile app. This will help prepare you for the real test.
Download the practice test onto your mobile device by clicking one of the below links. You will need the code ADJT to take the test.
If you pass the test, we’ll invite you for an interview.
At the interview we will assess you against the following Success Profile behaviours –
- Communicating and Influencing
- Delivering at Pace
- Managing a Quality Service
- Working Together
The interview will be of a blended nature consisting of behaviours and experience
Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are taking measure to ensure both candidate and staff safety, as a result, some prisons are now conducting on-line pre-recorded video interviews. All details will be sent to you before your interview.
The interview is the ideal opportunity to tell us more about yourself, your work history or personal experiences, so we can get to know you better and assess how you will be suited to prison work.
For more information please visit our website: www.prisonsupportroles.co.uk
Job offers: ‘merit’ vacancy
This is a ‘merit’ job vacancy. If you are successful at the interview you will be added to a merit list based on your score.
When all applicants have completed the assessment, 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.
The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.
In addition you will receive 17% unsocial working allowance. This has been included in the salary figures quoted.
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Working Arrangements & Further Information
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Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.
If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.
The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.
The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.
Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays
You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment.
The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
Work Life Balance
The Prison Service is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. The Prison Service offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ.
Season Ticket Advance
After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work.
The Prison Service is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes.
There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and the Prison Service provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts.
All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles.
All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post
All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within NOMS
All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which the Prison Service considers to be racist.