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Specialist Production Instructors – Textiles

Teach a trade. Build a future.


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 and teaching them skills for life, so they can find employment on release.

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Things you need to know

Our workshops produce a range of products for internal use by offenders and prisons. This varies from garment manufacture, textiles and bedding. The workshop will always have a number of products in different stages of production. Products include everything from jackets, sweatshirts and curtains, manufacturing around two million products per year for the internal market. We also manufacture for the Ministry of Defence and for other justice systems or approved premises.

All workshops are self-contained, carrying out all processes used in garment manufacture, from cutting, sewing (using industrial machinery), inspecting, pressing and packing. All workshops run a QA system with some select workshops being accredited to IOS9001.

As a textiles specialist production instructor, you will train offenders in using industrial machinery throughout the production line. You will supervise and train offenders in all aspects of garment manufacture including cutting, pressing, inspection and packing, match offenders’ abilities to the tasks and help them develop, including earning qualifications for employment increasing their chance of employment on release.

Depending on the prison to which you are applying, these roles include:

  • textiles garment manufacturer.
  • textiles sewing machine repair.

As a specialist production instructor (Band 4) your role is to supervise offenders and their work to ensure orders are met and safety and standards are maintained.

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • supervising and training offenders in all aspects of garment manufacture including cutting, pressing, inspection and packing. Matching offenders’ abilities to suitable tasks and helping them to develop
  • keeping training records up to date and delivering vocational qualifications
  • ensuring goods are produced to the highest quality, meeting specification
  • making sure workshop outputs are produced at the right time, while maintaining safety at all times
  • carrying out pat-down searches as required.
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 textiles 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 or be willing to work towards a level 3 Qualification in their specialism or have the equivalent experience
  • have some supervisory experience – and ideally be a qualified NVQ assessor
  • have relevant work experience in a production environment
  • have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment.

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.

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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