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Production instructor

Teach a trade. Build a future.


Would you like to support people to learn new skills and become the best version of themselves? As a production instructor you will:

  • run an on-site prison workshop
  • play a key role in the prison service by engaging people in prisons in constructive activity and teaching them skills for life so they can find employment on release

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Things you need to know

As a production instructor (Band 3) you will ensure the smooth running of the workshop and maintain safety and security. In your role, you will also support prisoners to develop themselves, gain new skills and find employment on their release.

As part of our team, you will:

  • supervise, motivate and train prisoners
  • coach and support prisoners to develop new skills and themselves
  • create a safe and decent environment that supports prisoner rehabilitation
  • set work schedules and manage targets/quality standards, maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements
  • ensure items prisoners produce meet specifications and are to the highest quality (ISO9001 Standards)
  • follow all necessary security criteria of the prison or youth justice setting where you are based
  • complete administration activities to support the smooth running of the workshop
  • contribute to health and safety risk assessments relating to you workshop and ensure the health and safety of those you are supervising

This role does not involve training prisoners to gain qualifications, which is a requirement of a specialist production instructor. You will be working for HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), which is part of the Ministry of Justice.

We provide services to a range of sectors through our production workshops.

You will supervise prisoners’ work and ensure goods meet quality standards. Our production workshops complete important work for our prisons and other custodial settings, such as making breakfast packs for all prisoners in English prisons.

We also complete work for range of external contracts e.g. packing of greetings cards, making Remembrance Day poppies and deconstructing goods.

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

To work as a  production instructor, you’ll need to:

  • be aged 18 years +
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • speak fluent English or Welsh if specified
  • mentor and coach prisoners to learn new skills
  • be able to read drawings or plans and turn these into clear instructors
  • have some supervisory experience and be able to motivate an untrained workforce
  • be familiar with workshop safety practices

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, regardless of their background. Find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

You will need to:

  • provide an anonymised format CV . This helps us recruit based on your knowledge and your skills, rather than your background, gender, or ethnicity to ensure the process is fair
  • ensure your CV includes details of any relevant qualifications and experience
  • provide and several short written statements in your application
  • answer questions which outline your experience – tell us about any previous roles you’ve had or, if you are 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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