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HM Prison and Probation 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.

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Things you need to know

Prison workshops produce a wide range of products for the internal market, from sheet metal work through to machining and heavier engineering. The workshop will always have a number of products in different stages of production. Products include everything from prison doors and post boxes, to packaging for Ministry of Defence, to bespoke commissions for public sector prisons and for other justice systems or approved premises.

Workshops are safe and clean with modern equipment and machinery including welding and fabrication. The-up-to-date equipment includes powder paint , CNC punching, break pressing, guillotines and welding equipment.

As a specialist production instructor (Band 4) your role is to supervise and train offenders and oversee the smooth-running of the workshop.

Day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • supervising offenders and their work to ensure orders are met and safety and security is maintained
  • training offenders to take a job from drawing to completion, matching their abilities to the right task and keeping training records up to date. Helping them develop and earn qualifications for employment.
  • managing costs, quality and timings throughout the build
  • ensuring engineered goods are produced to the highest quality, meeting specification
  • carrying out pat-down searches as required.

Depending on the prison to which you are applying for, you may instruct:

  • double glazing windows
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • machining (including CNC)
  • powder coating systems
  • sheet metal work
  • welding and fabrication.
Region Prisons Band 4 Salary Minimum Band 4 Salary Maximum
Inner London Brixton, Pentonville, Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs £28,351 £31,529
Outer London Belmarsh, Downview, Feltham, High Down, Isis £27,072 £30,107
National All Other Prisons £24,619 £27,381


A small number of posts may require shift pattern working. In these cases, an additional 17% payment will be made. Please refer to the job adverts for further details.


As part of the Civil Service Pension Scheme, you will receive a percentage of your salary based on your contributions and membership period for the pension scheme.

Annual leave:

You will receive 25 days paid annual leave, rising to 30 days after 10 years of service.


You will be entitled to civil service benefits including:

  • access to our cycle to work scheme
  • travel loans.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, regardless of their background. We strive for a workforce that is representative of our society and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

Find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

To work as an engineering specialist production instructor you need to:

  • be at least 18 years old at the time of employment
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • speak fluent English or Welsh if specified
  • have technical familiarity with engineering specialisms, including the ability to read drawings and turn these into clear instructions
  • experience of supervising an untrained workforce, with strong communications, persuasion and influencing skills
  • have a good knowledge of managing orders and supervising quality output
  • be familiar with engineering workshop safety practices
  • be familiar with different specialisms within engineering, from CNC punching to machine tools including CNC and/or MIG and TIG fabrications
  • ideally have relevant vocational qualifications.

You will need to provide a CV and a number of short written statements in your application. You will be required to provide your CV in an anonymised format known as “name blind” which will help us recruit based on your knowledge and your skills rather than your background, gender or ethnicity. This is to ensure the process is fair.

Make sure your CV includes details of any relevant qualifications and experience.

You will need to answer questions which outline your past experience – tell us about any previous roles or, if a recent college leaver, your college experience.

The Making the Civil Service a Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.

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Our specialist production instructor roles provide rewarding work, helping to give offenders new skills and a chance to turn their life around. Hear from our staff themselves on what the role’s really like.

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