Overview

Details

Reference number

244493

Salary

£28,880

Job grade

Administrative Officer

Band 3

Contract type

Permanent

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Other

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available

20

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Location

About the job

Benefits

Things you need to know

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Location

Princetown, South West England, PL20 6RR

About the job

Job summary

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Job description

Prison officer – HMP Dartmoor

HMP Dartmoor – Tavistock Road, Princetown, Yelverton PL20 6RR

Starting salary: £30,702 (for a 39-hour week inc 20% unsocial)

City/Town: Yelverton

Job application form

    Region: South West

    Vacancy type: Merit

    One career, many roles

    As a prison officer, you’ll be part of a diverse team, making an impact, doing meaningful work in our prisons.

    Working in a prison is fast-paced and varied, and no two days are the same. You’ll work with a range of people and perform a variety of tasks – from keeping the prison safe and secure, to helping vulnerable people through a difficult time in their lives. Once you’ve qualified, you’ll have a range of opportunities to specialise and progress your career and earning potential.

    It can be a challenging job, but in return you will get good pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team.

    Find out more about this varied role and day-to-day life as a prison officer.

    During the recruitment process you will be assessed on the behaviours, strengths and abilities you need to become an effective prison officer. These include:

    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. We will also assess your numerical, written English and spoken English abilities.

    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 the online tests, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.

    Due to the number of positions currently available, this vacancy is only open for a short period of time and only individuals who perform highest at the online tests will be invited 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 and strengths to be a prison officer.

    Once you’ve successfully completed the online assessment centre and we’ve offered you a role, we will invite you to complete a medical and fitness test. This will cover an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including a blood pressure check.

    Read more about the application process

    Job details

    Eligibility

    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)

    For safety reasons, everyone training to be a prison officer needs a suitable standard of hearing (without the use of hearing aids).

    To work in a high security prison (category A) you must have been a resident in the UK for the last three years.

    Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:
    UK nationals

    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

    Visa Sponsorship

    Please note we are unable to sponsor any individuals via the Skilled Worker Sponsorship / Tier 2 (General) work visa.

    Successful applicants must ensure they have and maintain the legal right to live and work in the Civil Service and in the United Kingdom.

    Essential skills

    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

    effective decision-making

    care and understanding

    Pay

    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 = £28,880 a year

    39 hours a week = £30,702 a year

    41 hours a week = £32,523 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.

    You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.

    Benefits

    25 days’ annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)

    paid time off for public holidays and one extra privilege day

    Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary

    cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits

    Read more about prison officer benefits.

    Training and career progression

    You will start your prison officer career by completing a paid Custody and Detention Professional Apprenticeship. Taking 12 to 18 months to complete, this professional qualification will give you the specialist skills you need to become expert at your job.

    You will learn and practise all the key skills and behaviours that are vital to the prison officer role, including:

    how to look after people in custody

    search and security procedures

    de-escalation techniques.

    Read more about the Custody and Detention Professional Apprenticeship.

    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 individuals 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. If you feel the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles, you can raise a formal complaint in the following order:

    Shared Services Connected Ltd: call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or email Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

    Ministry of Justice Resourcing

    The Civil Service Commission.

    We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society 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.

    Disability support

    As a Disability Confident employer, the Ministry of Justice is 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 email MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com.

    Person specification

    If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference 65898.

    Closing date 30th January 2023.

    Benefits

    For more information about the recruitment process, benefits and allowances and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.

    Things you need to know

    Selection process details

    please see job description

    Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

    Security

    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

    People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

    Medical

    Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

    Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:
    UK nationals

    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

    Further information on nationality requirements

    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.

    The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

    The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

    Apply and further information

    Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

    Contact point for applicants

    Job contact :Name :
    If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference 65898.

    Email :
    MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

    Recruitment team :Email :
    Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

    Further information

    Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. I you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles and would like to raise this, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance. If the role has been advertised externally (outside of the Civil Service) and you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-recruitment/complaints/’

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