Prison Officer (Band 3) HMP Hewell
Working in a prison is no ordinary job. But if you have what it takes, it could be a very rewarding career. Day to day, you’ll help to create a safe, secure environment where rehabilitation is supported and encouraged. In return, you’ll receive a secure job and rewarding career, as well as great training, excellent benefits and the chance to change lives for the better. Benefits include:
- Level 3 diploma qualification (as part of your 10 week training)
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
- civil service pension
- career development and progression opportunities
- work-life balance options
- childcare voucher scheme
- annual season ticket loan
- access to a range of other benefits through the Prison Service Sports Association
Existing Prison Officers are not eligible to apply for this campaign
You will be responsible for supervising and managing prisoners decently, lawfully, safely and securely, ensuring that the routines of the prison operate effectively.
Working closely with colleagues throughout the prison, you will keep the prison safe and secure for all by conducting searches on prisoners, staff and visitors and responding to and effectively managing the day-to-day challenges prisoners can present as ‘first on the scene’ and back up support.
While the role of a prison officer is not a desk job, keeping detailed records on centralised systems and completing timely reports are also an essential part of the role, and important in maintaining decency, safety and security.
You will need to follow national and local regulations and policies, and build and maintain strong professional relationships with your colleagues and the people in your care, while supporting prisoners to achieve their rehabilitation goals.
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a prison officer but you will be tested against a variety of values and criteria.
All candidates are required to pass an online application that includes a maths test and situational judgement test that assesses how you would react in scenarios you may face as an officer.
If you pass the online tests you will be invited to attend a Recruitment Assessment Day (RAD).
The RAD has three elements that you will need to pass to progress with your application:
- Role play - you will be assessed on three 10-minute role play simulations. The role-play simulations will be based on situations you could face as a Prison Officer; however you do not require prior knowledge of the Prison Officer role to be successful.
- Written test – you will be given some written scenarios to read and answer questions about – your maths and written English will be assessed as part of this; you do not require prior knowledge of the Prison Officer role to be successful.
- Fitness test and health screening – You will have an eye test and basic health screening, which includes a blood pressure check to ensure you are well enough to complete the fitness test on the day. Your fitness test will then test your strength and agility in order to assess your ability to complete the physical demands of the job.
All successful candidates will be subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post. All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation that does not fit with the prison service values of diversity and inclusion.
Once you have passed the RAD you will be booked into a ten-week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) programme, which is usually provided residentially. As part of this course you will gain a Level 3 Diploma in the management and care of individuals in the custodial environment, which will give you a number of transferable skills, including communication, knowledge and understanding of working in custodial care, current legislative and organisational requirements and working practices.
It is a requirement to pass the POELT course and it is designed to equip you to work as a Prison Officer, but your initial training will continue throughout your first year of service and you will be required to complete all parts of it in order to complete your 12-month probationary period.