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HMP Ranby – Specialist Production Instructor: Textiles – 50629
£24,619 – £27,381


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 non-operational instructional job in an establishment. 


The job holder will be responsible for providing supervision, knowledge and skills to prisoners in a specialist workshop so they can improve their employment prospects on release with a view to reducing reoffending.  The job holder will ensure that all services are provided to a high standard and that security and control is maintained at all times.  The job holder will be able to teach prisoners towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications and may be supported by external organisations such as local colleges.  

This job description is not for use by job holders in basic assembly/packing workshops, instead Production Instructor – Enterprises should be used.  However, on an exceptional short term basis job holders can supervise prisoners in more basic workshops.   

This is a non-operational job in an establishment with no line management responsibilities.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties 

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

•    May participate in the selection process of prisoners for the workshop/area of work.

•    Induct prisoners to the workshop/area of work and train them in aspects such as health and safety, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage.

•    Provide support for prisoners where required; tailor learning and training requirements to individual needs.

•    Set work schedules and manage targets/quality standards, maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements.

•    Assess and evaluate skills of prisoners up to national qualification standards.

•    Supervise and maintain discipline of prisoners within workshop/area of work, responsible for performance, motivation, discipline, appraisal and development of prisoners.

•    Maintain regular communications via radio net in accordance with Local Security Strategy (LSS).

•    Open and complete Assessment Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) forms, Violence Reduction Incident Reports (VRIR) and Security Information Reports (SIRs) when required and contribute to Incentive Earned Privileges (IEP) reports.

•    Will conduct a metal detector scan or rub down search of prisoners attending and leaving their own workshops.

•    Provide quality assurance against product specification.

•    Log attendance and approve prisoner hours worked and wages including recording piece work where appropriate.

•    Carry out fabric and tool checks of workshops and maintain security of areas, logging any tool/equipment faults. Undertake planned maintenance programme on machinery. 

•    Contribute to prisoner reports including parole and sentence planning.

•    Complete regime monitoring information and update prisoner training records.

•    Contribute to Health and Safety risk assessments relating to the workshop/work of area and specialist areas.

•    Request materials and estimate usage in order to meet work targets.

•    Initiate product development reviews to maintain workshop/area of work output levels, and to provide variety of work and experience for prisoners.

•    Participate in self-audit and in achieving Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs).

•    Complete administration activities to support the smooth running of the workshop. 

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. 


•       Making Effective Decisions

•       Communicating and Influencing

•       Working Together

•       Managing a Quality Service

•       Developing Self and Others

Essential Experience

•       Must have relevant work experience in a production environment.

•       Preferable for candidate to have some supervisory experience.

•       Should have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment.

Technical Requirements

•       Currently hold or be prepared to work towards Level 3 or equivalent in Textiles related subject.

•       When transferring to a Young Persons establishment the job holder will be required to successfully undertake an assessment to demonstrate suitability to work with Young People.


•       IT Skills

•       Basic Maths

•       Basic English 

Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances

37 hour working week (standard). 


£24,619 - £27,381

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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 ten years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. 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: