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Specialist Production Instructors – Waste Management

Teach a trade. Build a future.


HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is looking for specialist production instructors to run our onsite 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

Specialist production instructors (Band 4) carry out a full range of day-to-day activities within the waste management unit, giving instruction and training to offenders on all waste management activities including the safe use of machinery and equipment.

Responsibilities include:

  • training offenders for waste management duties, matching their abilities to suitable tasks and helping them to develop skills
  • keeping training records safe, updating the waste management monitoring system and delivering vocational qualifications
  • collecting, processing and disposing of waste materials from all areas of the establishment in the most appropriate and effective way, taking into consideration legal standards and environmental issues liaising with contractors when ordering services, including skip collection
  • providing general advice and guidance to staff on how to manage waste more effectively and actively promote recycling within the establishment
  • actively contribute to recycling/waste efficiency meetings and sustainable development committee meetings
  • carrying out pat-down searches as required.

Adrian Noel who runs the waste management and recycling department at HMP Featherstone

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 waste management 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 relevant work experience in a waste management environment
  • ideally have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment
  • ideally have some experience supervising others and in some instances may be required to be a qualified assessor
  • currently hold or be prepared to work towards Level 2 WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board) qualification within two years of employment.

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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