Production Instructor – 44724
£19,531 - £21,713
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At Onley, we offer a range of workshops that our Production Instructors operate in including warehousing & logistics, light assembly, recycling, concrete production and gardening. These opportunities give men the basic skills and work ethos to progress on to vocational training and prepare for release into the community.
The working pattern for an instructor at Onley is currently as follows: Monday to Thursday 07:45-17:00, Friday 07:45-12:00 (inclusive of breaks). This is subject to review in the future.
Job holders within this Group Profile will be responsible for providing supervision, knowledge and skills to prisoners in basic assembly / packaging workshops – for example basic packing of fruit, greetings cards, breakfast packs, nuts and bolts. The jobholder will ensure that all services are provided to a high standard and that security and control are maintained at all times. No qualifications are being delivered and nor is the jobholder deployed in training prisoners up to the required level to gain the qualifications.
This job description is not designed for use by jobholders in specialist workshops t in these circumstances Specialist Production Instructor job descriptions should be used. However, on an exceptional short term basis jobholders can supervise prisoners in more specialist workshops.
This is a non-operational job in an establishment with no line management responsibilities.
Typical tasks associated with this Group Profile include:
- Participate in the selection process of prisoners for the workshop
- Induct prisoners to the workshop/area of work and train them aspects such as health and safety, Control of Substance Hazardous to health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage and train them in the required skills for the workshop
- Provide personal support for prisoners where required; tailor learning and training requirements to individual needs
- Set production schedules and manage targets/quality standards, maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements. Vary the production targets as required to match the numbers of prisoners and skill mix whilst maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements
- Initiate product development reviews to maintain and maximise workshop production levels and to provide variety of work/experience for prisoners
- Liaise with external organisations and other establishments regarding the day to day operation of the contract or income generation targets
- Contribute to risk and health and safety assessments on consumables
- Conduct roll checks
- Ensure all tools, equipment and raw materials are safe, secure and properly accounted for
- Arrange maintenance and repair of tools and equipment
- Carry out workshop searches
- Will conduct a metal detector scan or rub down search of prisoners attending and leaving their own workshops
- Actively contribute to prisoner reports, parole and sentence planning, Assessment, Care in Custody & Teamwork (ACCT) and Security Information Report (SIR’s) by providing information to case managers
- 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 ACCT forms, Violence Reduction Incident Reports (VRIR) and Security Information Reports (SIRs) when required and contribute to Incentive Earned Privileges (IEP) reports
- 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
- 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
- Order materials and estimate usage in order to meet production targets
- Participate in self-audit and in achieving Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs)
- Complete administration activities to support the smooth running of the workshop and source small value requisitions
- Provide administrative support for workshop activities and approve small value requisitions
- Supervise, manage and control prisoners decently, safely and securely whilst carrying out all activities
- Understand, apply and conform to national and local polices
- Establish, develop and maintain professional relationships with prisoners and staff
- Maintain and update systems in-line with local agreements
- Prepare relevant documentation to managers for verification / quality checking purposes
- Attend and contribute to relevant meetings as required
Job Descriptions relating to this Group Profile
The post is non-rotational and the job holder will be required to carry out one of the job descriptions within their area of expertise. A sample list of job descriptions is attached below:
- Production Instructor : Enterprises
Essential Skills/ Qualifications/ Accreditation/ Registration
Staff can either be a qualified assessor or be trained to the appropriate level within 6 months of appointment.
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Managing a Quality Service
- Staff can either be a qualified assessor or are expected to be trained to the appropriate level within 6 months of appointment.
Hours of Work and Allowances
37 hour working week (standard).
HMPPS Staff on closed pay structures only
Additional Conditioned Hours Pensionable (ACHP)
Staff moving from a closed 39 hour pay structure will be eligible for the two protected pensionable additional committed hours (ACHP). They will work a 39 hour week consisting of the standard 37 hour week and a further 2 additional hours (ACHP) paid at plain time pensionable rate.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, 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 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.
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.
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
HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) 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. HMPPS 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
For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
HMPPS 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 HMPPS provides 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 HMPPS
-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which the HMPPS considers to be racist
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.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
See HMPPS competency framework to learn more about the competencies we are looking for.
And you can download positive Competency writing samples for Band 2 and Band 3 applications.