Education and Training
SPI Upholsterer – 35960
£24,018 - £26,713
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Teach a trade. Build a future.
Her Majesty’s Prison and Probations Service (HMPPS) is looking for Specialist Production Instructors to run our on-site prison workshops. This is a vital role in the prison service, engaging offenders in constructive activity, teaching them skills for life, so they can find employment on release.
As a Specialist Prison Instructor, you will be responsible for the supervision of offenders in the workshops in a variety of roles. Prison workshops produce goods for the prison estate, other government departments and commercial businesses.
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 jobholder 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 jobholders in basic assembly / packing workshops, instead Production Instructor – Enterprises should be used. However, on an exceptional short term basis jobholders can supervise prisoners in more basic workshops.
This is a non-operational job in an establishment with no line management responsibilities.
Typical tasks associated with this Group Profile include:
- Induct prisoners to the workshop/area of work and train them in aspects such as health and safety, Control of Substance 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
- 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
- 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 Health and Safety risk assessments relating to the workshop/work of area and specialist areas
- Will conduct a metal detector scan or rub down search of prisoners attending and leaving their own workshops
Job Descriptions relating to this Group Profile
The post is non-rotational and 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.
- Specialist Production Instructor : Amenities and Conservation
- Specialist Production Instructor : Commercial Horticultural
- Specialist Production Instructor : Engineering Aluminium Windows Double Glazing
- Specialist Production Instructor : Cycle Repair
- Specialist Production Instructor : Textiles Garment Manufacture
- Specialist Production Instructor : Textiles Sewing Machine Repair
- Specialist Production Instructor : Engineering Machining
- Specialist Production Instructor : Engineering Powder Coating Systems
- Specialist Production Instructor : Engineering Sheet Metal Work
- Specialist Production Instructor : Engineering Computer Aided Drawing
- Specialist Production Instructor : Engineering Welding and Fabrication
- Specialist Production Instructor : Laundry
- Specialist Production Instructor : Livestock Control
- Specialist Production Instructor : Plastics Injection Moulding Thermo Plastics
- Specialist Production Instructor : Printing Lithographic Machine Minder
- Specialist Production Instructor : Printing Origination Lithographic Platemaking
- Specialist Production Instructor : Printing Print Finishing & Binding
- Specialist Production Instructor : Waste Environmental
- Specialist Production Instructor : Woodwork Wood Assembly Joiner
- Specialist Production Instructor : Woodwork Wood Machinist
- Specialist Production Instructor : Woodwork Wood Finisher Sprayer
- Specialist Production Instructor : Manufacturing Promotions
- Specialist Production Instructor : Braille
- Specialist Production Instructor : Signs
- Specialist Production Instructor : Concrete
- Specialist Production Instructor : Footwear
- Specialist Production Instructor : TV Repair
- Specialist Production Instructor : Upholsterer
- Specialist Production Instructor : Warehousing and Performing Manufacturing Operations
May be a qualified NVQ assessor.
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
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh
Hours of Work and Allowances
37 hour week
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Managing a Quality Service
- Developing Self and Others
- Must have relevant work experience in specialist field
- Preferable for candidate to have some supervisory experience
- Should have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment
- Currently hold or be prepared to work towards Level 3 or equivalent in related subject
- IT Skills
- Basic Maths
- Basic English
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 provide 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 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.