Prison Officer - HMP Portland and The Verne
HMP/YOI Portland, 104 Grove Rd, Grove, Portland DT5 1DL
HMP The Verne, Verne Common Rd, Portland DT5 1EQ
Starting salary: £24,427 (for a 39-hour week inc 17% unsocial)
City/Town: Weymouth/ Dorchester/Bournemouth
Region: South West
Vacancy type: Merit
One career, many roles
Role model, negotiator, referee, educator, influencer, life changer – as a prison officer, no two days are the same.
You will work with people from all kinds of backgrounds to create a safe and secure prison environment. You will support adult offenders with rehabilitation while protecting the public too.
You will play a leading role in offenders’ lives, meeting regularly with a small caseload of 5-6 offenders. You will manage their development, from learning new skills to participation in education programmes, so there is a better chance they won’t reoffend on release.
You will also have the opportunity to grow your career, specialising in different areas such as negotiation, supporting prisoners at risk and resolving incidents.
It can be a tough job, but in return you will receive great pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team.
Read more about prison officer careers >> - https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/
During the recruitment process you will be assessed on the behaviours, strengths and abilities required to become an effective prison officer. The behaviours assessed are: Communicating and Influencing, Managing a Quality Service, Making Effective Decisions and Caring. Your natural strengths are assessed to find out what motivates and energises you. Your numerical, written English and spoken English abilities are also assessed.
How to apply
The online application begins with important details such as your National Insurance number and right to work in the UK.
You will then be invited to complete stage 1 of the online tests, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.
If you are successful, we will invite you to stage 2 of the online tests, to see if you have the right natural strengths and preferences to become a prison officer.
Due to the number of vacancies currently available this campaign will only be open for a short period of time and we will only be taking the highest performing candidates at online tests to our online assessment centre.
The Online Assessment Centre
If you pass the online tests, we will invite you to an online assessment centre.
We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours, strengths to be a prison officer.
Following successful completion of the online assessment centre, once we are in a position to offer you a role, we will then invite you to carry out a medical and fitness test. We carry out an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including blood pressure check.
Find out about the application process >> - https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/tips-for-applying/
To become a prison officer, you will need to:
be at least 18 years old,
have the right to work in the UK,
be reasonably fit and able to pass our fitness test,
have good eyesight in both eyes (both with and without corrective lenses)
A suitable standard of hearing (without the use of hearing aids) is required for safety reasons for all potential candidates for prison officer training.
To work in a high security prison (category A) you must have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 years.
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
nationals of the Republic of Ireland
nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
You don’t need qualifications to become a prison officer. Personal qualities are more important. You need to show:
Good communication and influencing skills
Commitment to quality
Care and understanding
The initial training is 37 hours a week. After training, you can choose to work 37, 39 or 41 hours a week. Your annual salary will reflect your weekly hours.
37 hours a week = £23,144 a year
39 hours a week = £24,427 a year
41 hours a week = £25,710 a year
All salary figures quoted include any additional allowances.
The standard working week of a prison officer is based on a 39 hours per week shift pattern consisting of days, evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.
Working as a prison officer comes with a range of attractive benefits, including:
25 days’ annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day
Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
generous maternity cover
cycle to work scheme and travel loans
property rental deposit loans
access to keyworker housing schemes
employee assistance programmes
Up to £8,000 gross (inclusive of tax) home-to-work travel expenses for a period of 3 years from the date you commence employment or;
An opportunity to apply for up to £8,000 towards moving expenses for permanent relocation for HMP The Verne if your travel exceeds 75 minutes each way*.
*These benefits are applicable to individuals applying via this campaign to take up their first prison officer role. Where expenses are received you will be required to sign a written undertaking to make pro-rata repayments on in the event of resignation within two years’ service. Please note that you will only be entitled to these benefits whilst employed as a Band 3 Prison Officer at HMP The Verne.
Training and career progression
Launched in 2021 - Level 3 Custody & Detention Officer Apprenticeship. New prison officers starting in 2021 in many of our establishments will be enrolled on our new purpose-built apprenticeship. This new apprenticeship has been developed to replace the current Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) and offer a more supportive and varied learning experience. If you are successful in being offered a prison officer position in 2021 you may be enrolled on to this professional apprenticeship. If you are not enrolled onto the professional apprenticeship you will complete the same training as an apprentice with dedicated support and work towards obtaining a Professional vocational Diploma in Custodial Care.
Full details of the apprenticeship scheme and how it will enhance your experience as a prison officer can be found here – https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/apprenticeships/
Job offers: ‘merit’ vacancy
This is a ‘merit’ job vacancy. If you are successful at the online assessment centre, you will be added to a merit list based on your score.
When all applicants have completed the assessment centre, the prison will make job offers to those with the highest scores first when positions become available.
You can stay on the merit list for 12 months. After this, you’ll need to apply again.
Your successful pass from the online assessment centre will be valid for 12 months if you want to apply for vacancies at other prisons.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order
1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or email Mojfirstname.lastname@example.org);
2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (email@example.com);
3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity
As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. We can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online tests and online assessment centre.
If you require any assistance, please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJfirstname.lastname@example.org.