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Reducing Reoffending


The key to reducing reoffending is ensuring that our prison leavers are well-equipped for life on release.

This means engaging prisoners in education and training opportunities whilst in prison, supporting them into suitable jobs and housing on release, and addressing their addictions and other health needs, which may be driving their offending behaviour.

Our roles improve the support available to prisoners in these areas, ultimately enabling our service to prevent victims by changing lives and reducing reoffending.

Watch this live recording of our recent webinar to find out more about the Head of Education, Skills and Work role plus the application process.


Things you need to know

As an Employment Lead, you will create better outcomes for people in prison to reduce their likelihood of reoffending on release.

You will identify work-ready candidates and support them to apply for jobs organised by the New Futures Network.

On a typical day, you will work with individuals to make sure they have the relevant training or accreditations they need for industry-specific jobs, as well as share and communicate job opportunities.

You will also ensure individuals have documentation that proves their right to work in the UK and a bank account.

Essential skills and experience

You will need great people skills and the ability to motivate people from different backgrounds.

You will need to have:

  • experience of working to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • a background in recruitment
  • a proven history of delivering to targets
  • excellent relationship management skills
  • experience of working with people with challenging behaviour
  • a good understanding of the UK labour market and key industrial sectors

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As the Head of Education Skills and Work, you will lead on education, skills and work within the prison.

You will use a creative approach to learning and teaching, which helps challenge and support prison learners.

Your work will help individuals to feel empowered and engaged in their learning and success.

In this role, you will act as the point of contact for ensuring actions from audits, action plans, surveys and resettlement strategies are delivered.

You will be accountable for the performance of the function and the staff within it and provide a respectful, safe and decent environment for all prisoners and staff.

Key to the role is developing and maintaining a culture of high expectations and taking appropriate action on any unsatisfactory performance. You will need to be confident in giving and receiving feedback.

You will be working for Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services (HMPPS), which is part of the Ministry of Justice.

Essential skills and experience

We would love to hear from you if you have senior leadership experience in Post 16 education.

You will need to have:

  • detailed knowledge of OFSTED/Estyn’s further education and skills criteria for prisoners, including those with additional learning needs
  • experience of working with and engaging with learners
  • experience of setting goals and achieving targets
  • strong communication skills
  • experience operating in a specialist neurodiversity role
Watch this live recording of our recent webinar to find out more about the Head of Education, Skills and Work role plus the application process.

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Working as a Neurodiversity Support Manager is a unique and rewarding role within the prison system.

In this role, you will be an advocate for neurodivergent people, encouraging positive changes and opportunities to engage in rehabilitation.

No two days in this role are the same. A typical week would involve holding group awareness raising sessions of neurodivergence which will help the prison to implement reasonable adjustments for people in prison.

In this role, you will work with various stakeholders within education, work and skills, developing the neurodiversity agenda and developing more efficient ways to identify and support neurodivergent prisoners.

You will also be working with individual prisoners to develop plans to support them through rehabilitation.

Essential skills and experience

You will need to have:

  • a PGCE, Cert Ed or a Level 5 in Education and Training
  • or a Level 4 Certificate in Supporting the Learning of Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)/Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

You will also need to have a good understanding of neurodiversity, the needs presented by neurodivergence and the ability to design support mechanisms for these needs.

When working within a prison, you will need to form positive and effective working relationships, listening to people and responding to their needs. You will also need to think creatively and innovatively to change and improve services.

We are looking for someone who sees the big picture, sets goals and determines the steps the prison or the individual needs to engage meaningfully with the rehabilitative aspect of their sentence.

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As a Health and Justice Partnership Coordinator, your work will support people to access and engage with treatment and health care services while they are in prison and after they have transitioned back into the community on their release.

You will work closely with operational managers, policy leads, commissioners, providers, and people in prison to identify needs, review existing pathways and build partnerships. In this lead role, you will develop knowledge and build expertise within the business to promote solutions that reduce reoffending and improve prisoners’ continuity of care.

We will be running a live Health and Justice Partnership Coordinator Information session at 12.30pm, 17 May. Join the live session here.

Essential skills and experience

You will need to have:

  • worked with prisoners or those engaged in the criminal justice system
  • experience of working across stakeholder groups and other government departments
  • excellent influencing skills
  • demonstrable achievements in managing or supporting change and effecting improvements in quality and efficiency
  • experience of proactively championing diversity and inclusiveness

As a Drug Strategy Lead, you will provide strategic and operational direction on the prison drug strategy to reduce substance misuse in prisons.

Responsible for the delivery of the HMPPS Drug Strategy and the associated Guidance and Good Practice in prisons, you will ensure there is a comprehensive range of activities to tackle addiction.

To deliver the strategy effectively, you will have to develop good relationships with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, drug and alcohol agencies and other commissioners.

Essential skills and experience

We would love to hear from you if you have a strong understanding of the criminal justice system and have developed drug strategies within a prison setting.

  • experience in delivering projects within set time frames
  • experience in developing cross-agency projects
  • strong communication skills
  • experience in developing collaborative and partnership working with senior stakeholders
  • organisation and problem-solving skills

The salaries for these roles are:

  • Employment Lead – £31,924 – £36,715 (National) / £34,296 – £40,863 (London)

Employee benefits

Working for Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service comes with a range of great benefits, including:

  • 25 days’ annual leave, increasing to 30 days after five years’ service – plus eight public holidays and service days
  • an attractive occupational pension (Local Government Pension Scheme)
  • and a wide range of other Civil Service benefits, including childcare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme and travel loans

You will need to provide a CV and several short-written statements in your application. To ensure our recruitment process is fair, you will need to anonymise your CV.

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

You will need to answer questions that outline your previous experience.

The ‘Making the Civil Service a Great Place to Work for Veterans’ initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme for those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs.

In this way, veterans continue to serve their country, and we bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experiences into the Civil Service – an environment, which recognises and values previous service in the Armed Forces.

If you have query about the application process, please contact our recruitment centre on 0345 241 5358 or by emailing MoJ Recruitment.

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