Environment & Sustainability
Skilled Delivery (SD): Grounds Maintenance (Agriculture) – 74952
£24,067 – £25,342
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This is an exciting opportunity to join our Livestock Team working with English Longhorn cattle, Hebridean Sheep and Large Black Pigs. The team work with prisoners on the Livestock enterprise to produce pedigree breeding stock, supply the farm shop with premium beef, pork and lamb and maintain a large farm with ongoing maintenance, fencing, drainage, woodland, hedging, wildlife and conservation projects, Bee hives, silage production and the day to day running and maintenance of the land. The prisoners are employed on the Livestock enterprise and are hands on with lambing and calving. The current staff who work on Livestock have many years of experience and this would be a great opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills. The role involves working weekends to ensure animal welfare standards are to the highest level and this would normally be on a weekend rota.
Job holders within this Group Profile will be skilled in a specific trade. Will be responsible for repairs/maintenance within/of the establishment applying HMPPS policy adhering to security and Health & Safety procedures at all times.
These jobs may involve contact with prisoners depending on their area of work. This is a non-operational job with no line management responsibilities
Typical tasks associated with this Group Profile include:
• Ensure allocated, planned maintenance and small repairs are carried out, undertake service requests raised by the computer aided facilities management system
• Undertake survey inspections including in confined spaces and at height recording all work and completing associated registers/logs
• Act as a technical specialist advising on regulations, when required,
• Carry out project work including refurbishment of areas within the estate
• Advise on sufficient levels of stock and request procurement of goods and services and ensure all materials used are logged and are fit for purpose
• Escort technical contractors ,working with and supervising them in accordance with Local Security Strategy (LSS) when required,
• Maintain regular communications, via radio net, in accordance with LSS
• Undertake the role of banksman directing the operation of some plant equipment or machinery
• Recommend condemnation of all plant and equipment within the estate where applicable
• Take responsibility for all tools and plant machinery carrying out checks at regular intervals and completing all relevant documentation in accordance with the LSS and National Security Framework (NSF)
• Comply with all Health and Safety policies, procedures and legislation to ensure statutory and mandatory compliance
• Drive estates vehicles and operate plant equipment
• Carry out locking duties as required
• Operate within command mode in-line with local contingency plans
• Undertake incidental and emergency or urgent tasks and assignments as per Service Delivery Agreement timescales, in a safe manner
• Assemble products on site when required
• Carry out pest control prevention measures across the estate when required
• Contribute to prisoner reports including parole and sentence planning
Job Descriptions relating to this Group Profile
The post is non-rotational and will be required to carry out one of the job descriptions below within their area of expertise.
Essential Skills/ Qualifications/ Accreditation/ Registration
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.
Competent in relevant skill.
N.B these are the technical requirements for the group profile, please check the individual job description relating to this group profile for any job specific requirements and add if required.
• Must hold NVQ L3 or be willing to work towards within agreed timeframe
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.
Unsocial Hours Working
This role requires working regular unsocial hours and a 17% payment will be paid in addition to your basic pay to recognise this. Unsocial hours are those hours outside 0700 – 1900hrs Monday to Friday and include working evening, nights, weekends and Bank / Public holidays.
£24,067 - £25,342
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 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
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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order
- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Mojemail@example.com);
- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing team (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.