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Specialist Production Instructor (SPI): Upholsterer - HMP Frankland

Job at The Ministry of Justice in Durham, County Durham

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:

Relevant qualifications in Upholstery Production environment and recent experience is essential for this specialist role.

Overview of the job

This is a non-operational instructional job in an establishment.


The job holder will be responsible for providing supervision, knowledge and skills to prisoners in a specialist workshop so they can improve their employment prospects on release with a view to reducing reoffending. The job holder will ensure that all services are provided to a high standard and that security and control is maintained at all times. The job holder will be able to teach prisoners towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications and may be supported by external organisations such as local colleges.

This job description is not for use by job holders in basic assembly/packing workshops, instead Production Instructor – Enterprises should be used. However, on an exceptional short term basis job holders can supervise prisoners in more basic workshops.

This is a non-operational job in an establishment with no line management responsibilities.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties.

May participate in the selection process of prisoners for the workshop/area of work.Induct prisoners to the workshop/area of work and train them in aspects such as health and safety, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage.Provide support for prisoners where required; tailor learning and training requirements to individual needs.Set work schedules and manage targets/quality standards, maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements.Assess and evaluate skills of prisoners up to national qualification standards.Supervise and maintain discipline of prisoners within workshop/area of work, responsible for performance, motivation, discipline, appraisal and development of prisoners.Maintain regular communications via radio net in accordance with Local Security Strategy (LSS).Open and complete Assessment Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) forms,Violence Reduction Incident Reports (VRIR) and Security Information Reports (SIRs) when required and contribute to Incentive Earned Privileges (IEP) reports.Will conduct a metal detector scan or rub down search of prisoners attending and leaving their own workshops.Provide quality assurance against product specification.Log attendance and approve prisoner hours worked and wages including recording piece work where appropriate.Carry out fabric and tool checks of workshops and maintain security of areas, logging any tool/equipment faults. Undertake planned maintenance programme on machinery.Contribute to prisoner reports including parole and sentence planning.Complete regime monitoring information and update prisoner training records.Contribute to Health and Safety risk assessments relating to the workshop/work of area and specialist areas.Request materials and estimate usage in order to meet work targets.Initiate product development reviews to maintain workshop/area of work output levels, and to provide variety of work and experience for prisoners.Participate in self-audit and in achieving Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs).Complete administration activities to support the smooth running of the workshop.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.


Making Effective DecisionsCommunicating and InfluencingWorking TogetherManaging a Quality ServiceDeveloping Self and Others

Essential Experience

Must have relevant work experience in a production environment.Preferable for candidate to have some supervisory experience.Should have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment.

Technical Requirements

Currently hold or be prepared to work towards Level 3 or equivalent in Upholstery related subject.


IT SkillsBasic MathsBasic English

Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances

37 hour working week (standard).

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in Durham, County Durham, England
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