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East Midlands – Probation Service Officer Assessor – 60297
£23,174 – £28,200
Multiple Locations


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. 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:

Overview of the job 

This is a Probation Service role.  The post holder will be a member of the Regional Learning team in a Probation Service region and will be based in an HMPPS office/establishment.  

The post holder will report to the Probation Learning Manager (PLM) and their assessments will be quality assured by Internal Quality Assessors (IQAs). The training function is part of the HMPPS Learning & Development Group, and the post holder will be based within one of the Probation regions.

Regular travel and some overnight stays are an integral part of this role.  Some of the assessments may take place online. 

The role is an assessment function and the post holder will be required to apply their professional skills and specialist knowledge to ensure the effective delivery of the Level 3 qualifications and associated professional skills.

This post will not have line management responsibilities.


The post holder will work as part of the Regional Learning Team and assess Level 3 qualifications at the local level.  

This will include assessing competence of relevant staff, (i.e. Probation Services Officers and other operational staff), against the Level 3 probation qualifications within HMPPS.  

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties 

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Assess Level 3 learners in line with the Awarding Body and sector assessment strategy.
  • Provide feedback to line managers and learners on progress towards completion.
  • Ensure learners are aware of key milestones and raise issues with direct line manager if these are missed. 
  • Comply with quality assurance, responding to and implementing feedback from IQAs into practice when necessary.
  • Complete timely, accurate, recording of the assessment of learners through the use of the eportfolio system.
  • Ensure assessment plans and processes are equitable and accessible for all learners, and provide reasonable adjustments where required. 
  • Provide information on the VQ3 process to new learners undertaking Level 3 probation qualifications.
  • Maintain professional skills and knowledge in operational and assessment practice.
  • Travel across the Probation Service region and elsewhere, as required by the role, (some assessments may take place online). 
  • Work within the aims and values of the Probation Service and HMPPS.

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 alternations 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.


  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions


  • Ability to undertake probation practice at PSO grade and respond to latest policy developments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


  • Essential: Probation Services Officer work in a probation setting.
  • Desirable: Experience of working in different probation settings.


  • Level 3 Vocational Qualification – Diploma Probation Practice
  • Hold, or work towards completing, the Level 3 TAQA (Assessing Competence in the Workplace Environment) qualification. 


£23,174 - £28,200

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.  

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid. 


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service, plus public holidays. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis


The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).  Please visit for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.


All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

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

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. 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: