Probation Service: Unpaid Work Supervisor – MHC (Nottingham/Nottinghamshire) – 65060
£23,174 – £28,200
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 an operational role directly supervising work groups of offenders serving a community sentence. This may include driving service vehicles to transport people or equipment. The post holder will be responsible for all work site supervision tasks and will work with service users to ensure that all tasks are carried out to the best of their ability. This will include working alongside people to demonstrate good practice as necessary.
The post holder will work on varied projects that involve practical tasks that should be seen by the public to be a credible punishment providing reparation to the community. The post holder will exercise appropriate authority to maintain discipline and good behaviour within working groups, alerting the relevant staff to any infringement of discipline or behaviour.
The post holder will contribute towards the rehabilitative potential of the sentence and will support some service users to gain employment skills through a positive work experience with the opportunity to gain vocational or skills-based training.
Staff are expected to contribute towards review and evaluation of all aspects of service delivery and to contribute towards a culture of continuous improvement.
Post holders may be required to undertake weekend working as part of their normal pattern of working. The work may involve working alongside volunteers or staff from partner organisations.
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
• Conduct Pre-Placement Unpaid Work Induction sessions.
• Conduct a start of the day ‘tool box’ talk to ensure all service users understand the task at hand and safe working practice and motivate and support service users to complete their Order.
• Follow work directions within the project placement file.
• Ensure Health & Safety procedures are followed, alerting the relevant staff to any risk, ensuring that any associated paperwork is completed accurately and on time as required, including contributing to the review of placement risk assessments.
• Ensure that appropriate tools, equipment and supplies are available in accordance with local procedure and that instructions for safe use are followed by service users.
• Conduct a dynamic risk assessment to ensure all hazards are noted and managed.
• Use pro-social and other motivational techniques to ensure that service users complete the work assigned in a disciplined and well-behaved manner.
• Monitor the attendance of service users allocated to agency placements and promote successful completions.
• Maintain all service users’ records in accordance with organisational requirements ensuring that all information is updated onto the case management system in a timely and accurate manner.
• Work towards accreditation as a workplace assessor or deliver training assessments for selected service users within the supervised work group to provide enhanced learning opportunities.
• Contribute towards promoting Community Payback with colleagues, external agencies, Sentencers and the public
In line with PS policies and procedures, the job holder must at all times demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of their relevance to the work they do. The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/ confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.
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.
• Managing a Quality Service
• Working Together
• Communicating and Influencing
• Evidence of commitment to team work
• Effective inter-personal skills with the ability to supervise people constructively while maintaining authority
• Evidence of problem-solving within a workplace or similar environment
• Knowledge of safety at work, public protection and risk of harm in all aspects of work
• Driving Licence – Category D1 Minibus
• Basic knowledge of First Aid and willingness to undertake further training
• To attain IOSH L3 or equivalent and a willingness to attend further training
• Driving Licence
• Willing to achieve and maintain L3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) or equivalent
• Ability to model pro-social attitudes and behaviour to service users
• Good written communication skills
£23,174 - £28,200 Pro-rata
Why consider Community Payback jobs?
Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can both motivate and inspire others to change for the better, and build better and safer places to live? One where your personal attributes and transferable skills are more important than qualifications?
Working in a Community Payback role, you’ll play a key part in supporting people on probation make improvements to local communities while they make positive changes to get their lives back on track.
It’s varied, meaningful work, with job security, great benefits and career progression opportunities.
Community Payback (CP), previously known as Community Service, is an alternative to a prison sentence for people who have committed a crime. Watch our video to find out more.
Community Payback supervisors
Community Payback isn’t just an alternative to custody. It’s a way of helping to create better outcomes for people on probation and better communities. As a Community Payback supervisor, you’ll be at the heart of this work, leading small teams to complete their unpaid work hours. You’ll supervise and motivate them to complete a range of manual tasks – such as clearing overgrowth to make public spaces safer, restoring community facilities such as sports halls and playgrounds, planting trees or laying flowerbeds, and litter picking and graffiti removal – to pay back for the harm they’ve caused.
You’ll support and motivate people from different backgrounds to get the most out of their time on Community Payback. You’ll be helping them to: make positive changes to local communities, access training and development to learn new skills, and improve their chances of employment as they make positive changes in their own lives.
On a typical day, you’ll spend up to seven hours supervising a group at a CP unpaid work placement.
To accommodate people on probation who work or have caring responsibilities, Community Payback projects run 7 days a week and some during the evening. The CP supervisor role therefore includes frequent weekend working, and you may be asked to cover some evenings. You will be paid a higher rate for any weekend days or evenings you do work.
There may be a chance to work part-time in some regions. You can discuss this at your interview.
Essential skills and experience
You don’t need any specific experience or qualifications to be a CP supervisor, and you’ll get all the training you need to help you work effectively and safely with people on probation.
Great people skills and the ability to supervise and guide a group are important. While not essential, we’d love to hear from you if you have a skill or trade such as painting and decorating or carpentry, for example.
You will need a driver’s licence as you’ll need to drive one of our CP minibuses to take equipment to and from CP project sites. You may also need to drive people from your group to and from a central pick-up point. A standard driving licence will be fine, but we’d also welcome applications from people who have a D1 licence.
What’s the job really like?
Watch our video to hear CP supervisor Ian talk about the difference Community Payback can make.
Community Payback placement coordinators
As a CP placement coordinator, you’ll be responsible for establishing and maintaining working relationships with a range of stakeholders – including local authorities and charities – to make sure there are sufficient numbers of CP work placements. This will include exploring opportunities for people to access on-the-job training and education to develop their skills and increase their chances of employment while they complete their unpaid work hours.
You’ll support your CP operations manager to ensure all the placements comply with health and safety legislation. This will include conducting on-site placement assessments, occasionally at weekends or during the evening.
In this busy and varied role, you’ll also be responsible for planning rotas to ensure CP supervisors and people sentenced to CP are allocated to projects and have the necessary equipment.
CP placement coordinators will be expected to work weekends when needed. This may be to cover for CP supervisors, or to visit CP project sites – such as schools which aren’t accessible on weekdays – to complete project risk assessments or meet beneficiaries, for example. You will be paid a higher rate for any weekend days you do work.
Essential skills and experience
You don’t need any specific qualifications to be a CP placement coordinator. Great logistics management, stakeholder management, negotiation, and communication skills are important. A good multi-tasker, you’ll have an eye for detail and excellent analytical skills.
You’ll also need an understanding of occupational health and safety or be willing to complete the necessary training.
As you’ll occasionally need to cover for CP supervisors, you’ll need a driving licence so you can drive one of our minibuses to transport equipment and people to CP project sites when needed. A standard driving licence will be fine, but we’d also welcome applications from people who have a D1 licence.
Community Payback operations managers
As a CP operations manager, you will have overall responsibility for managing the logistics of Community Payback delivery in your region.
Managing a team of placement coordinators and supervisors, you will make sure CP is delivered effectively, efficiently and to a high standard in your region – as well as monitoring performance. You will oversee the development and assessment of suitable CP work placements, taking the lead on sourcing new large-scale projects with major community stakeholders such as local authorities and charities. Wherever possible, you will look to ensure work placements provide training and development and/or future employment opportunities.
As Community Payback runs seven days a week, the role will require occasional weekend or on-call work. You’ll be paid an enhancement for any additional hours you work.
Essential skills and experience
You don’t need any specific qualifications to be a CP operations manager. You will need great leadership ability, time management, negotiation and decision-making skills.
5 things you need to know
Before you apply, take a look at our 5 key facts:
1 A range of working patterns are available
- Community Payback supports a wide range of working patterns including full-time, part-time and weekend and evening hours.
- The supervisor role is also available as a minimum hour’s contract.
- A minimum hour’s contract is for 7.4 hours per month. Any hours worked over and above 7.4 hours per month will be paid as overtime. Working patterns will vary depending on your availability and business needs.
2 You’ll need to work at the weekend
- To accommodate people on probation who work or have caring responsibilities, Community Payback projects run 7 days a week.
- The CP supervisor role includes frequent weekend working.
- CP placement coordinators will be expected to work weekends when needed.
- You will be paid a higher rate for any weekend days you do work.
3 You’ll need a driving licence
You’ll need to drive a minibus to transport equipment and people on probation to CP project sites.
- CP supervisors and coordinators therefore need a driving licence.
- A standard driving licence is fine – you don’t need a D1 licence.
4 There are just 3 steps to apply
- Complete an online application form which takes just 10 minutes.
- Take a short, online Civil Service Judgement Test (CSJT) which will assess your decision making skills.
- Attend an interview if you pass the CJST.
Why not try a practice CSJT to get an idea of what to expect?
If you’re invited to an interview, we’ll send you some top tips to help you prepare.
5 Pre-employment checks
- It can take 6 to 8 weeks to complete pre-employment checks once you’ve accepted a job offer.
- We’ll do all we can to make it as quick as possible.
- Our dedicated recruitment centre team will be on hand to answer your questions.
Pay, benefits and training
The salaries for these roles are:
- CP supervisor and CP placement coordinator £23,174 to £28,200
- CP operations manager £37,166 to £41,020
Roles in London attract an additional London weighting of £3,889.
Working for the Probation Service comes with a range of great benefits, including:
- 25 days’ annual leave, increasing to 30 days after five years’ service – plus eight public holidays and service days
- an attractive occupational pension (Local Government Pension Scheme)
- and a wide range of other Civil Service benefits including childcare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme and travel loans.
Before your start your new role, you will receive paid for training on a range of subjects to help you work effectively and safely with people on probation. This will include the principles of Community Payback, plus training on health and safety, risk awareness, and dealing with challenging behaviour. You will also have full training on any tools your group will need to use, and you will work alongside and shadow an experienced colleague before taking responsibility for supervising a group on your own.
Before you start your role, you will also have an induction into ways of working in the Probation Service and the Civil Service.
To support your professional development, you will also have access to a range of Probation Service related training on topics such as best practice approaches to demonstrating life skills, positive reinforcement and desistance, and substance misuse and domestic abuse awareness.
3 steps to apply
- Simply complete a short online application form which should take you no more than 10 minutes.
- Shortly after applications close, you’ll be sent a link to complete a Civil Service Situational Judgement Test (CJST)which will assess your decision making skills. Why not try a practice test to get an idea of what to expect?
- If you pass the CSJT test, you’ll be invited to an interview and sent some top tips to help you prepare.
We will do our best to ensure the application process is as quick as possible and you will be kept updated and informed at every stage of your application journey.
What our staff have to say
Read our blog
Read what our staff have to say about their work:
- “Becoming a Community Payback supervisor is a great career choice”
- The skills you need to be a Community Payback supervisor
- “I love working as a Community Payback supervisor”
About the probation service
Part of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), the Probation Service supervises people on probation in the community. Our role is to protect the public, support victims and prevent re-offending wherever possible. We believe everyone deserves a second chance, and we help people on probation make the most of theirs.
What we do
As well as assessing the risk that offenders pose and advising courts to ensure
individuals are sentenced appropriately we also work with people while they are subject to probation supervision. We work with individuals to put rehabilitative interventions in place and signpost them to community services to reduce their risk of reoffending and protect the public.
Community Payback supervisor questions
What types of crime do people get sentenced to Community Payback for?
People who are sentenced to Community Payback may have committed a wide range of crimes such as recurring shoplifting, theft or drink driving. Rather than sending them to prison, a magistrate or judge will have assessed them as being suitable for supervision in the community by the Probation Service.
What sort of work do Community Payback teams do?
Community Payback teams complete a range of manual tasks to improve communities, such as:
- clearing overgrowth to make public spaces safer
- restoring community facilities such as sports halls and playgrounds
- litter picking and graffiti removal.
We work with organisations such as local authorities and charities to identify and source work placements that give people an opportunity to learn new skills while they pay back the community for their crimes. And, wherever possible, we ensure the placements provide training and development and/or future employment opportunities for people.
With the aim of increasing the number of Community Payback placements that have an environmental sustainability focus, we are working in partnership with a range of local and national organisations to enable CP teams to work on projects such as tree planting and recycling initiatives.
Do I need any specific qualifications or experience?
No. Your personal attributes and transferable skills are more important. As are great people skills and the ability to guide and supervise a group.
What training do I get as a Community Payback supervisor?
Before your start your new role, you will have paid for training on a range of subjects to help you work effectively and safely with people on probation. This will include:
- health and safety and first-aid
- how to deal with challenging behaviour
- risk awareness
- pro-social modelling (how to be a role model to motivate and bring out the best in people)
- problem solving
- diversity and inclusion.
You will also have training on the core principles of Community Payback (including an understanding of both its punishment and rehabilitation focus), plus an induction into ways of working in the Probation Service and Civil Service.
Before taking responsibility for supervising a group on your own, you will also have full training on any tools your group will need to use, and you will work alongside and shadow an experienced colleague.
To support your professional development, you will also have access to a range of probation-related training on topics such as: positive reinforcement and desistance, substance misuse, domestic abuse awareness, counter-terrorism, and adult and child safeguarding.
How big are the Community Payback groups? How many people will I need to supervise?
Groups vary in size and are based on a robust risk assessment of each individual who is sentenced to CP, to ensure groups can be managed safely.
Do CP groups comprise males and female?
Some groups are mixed-sex, but there are also male-only and female-only groups.
Will I supervise a group on my own, or will I work alongside another supervisor?
You will generally supervise groups on your own. However, a robust risk assessment is conducted of every individual and this determines how large the groups are, and how many supervisors are needed to manage them safely.
Will I be expected to do the work my group are tasked with doing?
Whether you work alongside the group you are supervising or not is your personal choice. Many supervisors like to do so as they find it’s a useful way of opening up conversations with the people they’re working with.
Your core responsibility on site is to supervise the work of your group, ensuring tasks are completed correctly, safely, and to a high standard. This will include demonstrating how to complete certain tasks and setting a good example to bring out the best in people and encourage them to adopt a good work ethic.
Will I always be working outside?
The majority of CP placements are in outside spaces. However, we also run indoor placements such as painting and decorating community halls and sports halls.
You will be allocated to placements depending on need and the area you are working in.
How are you keeping staff and groups during the COVID pandemic?
We carry out a thorough COVID risk assessment at each of our CP placement sites and put arrangements in place to ensure work can be carried out within current safety guidelines. This includes reducing the number of people on groups and ensuring adequate ventilation and social distancing measures are in place at indoor placements. We review the risk assessments regularly and continue to monitor the latest COVID-19 government guidelines.
What training will I get to help me manage challenging situations which may arise on unpaid work placements?
You will receive training on a range of subjects to help you work effectively and safely with people on probation. This will include risk awareness and dealing with challenging behaviour.
What happens if I need support while I’m supervising a group on my own?
There is a range of support available to you while working at a CP placement. You will have a mobile phone so you can call your operational manager for advice and support whenever needed. You will also have a lone worker device which you can activate if you need emergency support.
Do I need a D1 driving licence to drive a CP minibus?
Not necessarily. Most of our minibuses accommodate a maximum of eight people. So, if you’re 21 or over and have had a standard driving licence for at least two years, you should be able to drive one of our minibuses. We do, however, welcome applications from people who have a D1 licence, which would enable them to drive a minibus with more passenger seats.
How often will I need to work weekends?
To accommodate people on probation who work or have caring responsibilities, Community Payback projects run 7 days a week. The CP supervisor role includes frequent weekend working. You will be paid a higher rate for any weekend days you do work.
What career development opportunities are available?
There is a clear career progression from CP supervisor to operations manager, and to Head of CP or Head of Interventions if you are interested in taking that route.
There are also a wide range of opportunities available within the wider Probation Service. If you’re interested in working as a probation services officer, or potentially training to be a qualified probation officer, working as a CP supervisor is an excellent way of gaining excellent first hand experience of working with people on probation.
Read Ali’s blog post to find out why she thinks becoming a CP supervisor is a great career choice.
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 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 www.gmpf.org.uk 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.
Staff on fixed term appointments must have been recruited through fair and open competition.
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 GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
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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
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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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.