202302: Prison Officer - HMP Portland and HMP The Verne

202302: Prison Officer - HMP Portland and HMP The Verne Portland, England

HM Prison & Probation Service
Full Time Portland, England 28880 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

Details

Reference number

270364

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

Contents

    Location

    About the job

    Benefits

    Things you need to know

    Apply and further information

Location

Grove, South West England, DT5 1DL : Fortuneswell, South West England, DT5 1EQ

About the job

Job summary

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Job description

Prison officer: HMP/YOI Portland & HMP The Verne

HMP: Portland, 104 Grove Road, Grove, Portland DT5 1DL

HMP: The Verne, Verne Common Road, Portland DT5 1EQ

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

City/Town: Portland

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.


We will tell you what to expect and bring before the day.


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.


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


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
paid at 0.45p per mile


  • 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 Portland and HMP The Verne.


Read more about prison officer benefits.


Your training to be a prison officer


We want to make sure you are matched to the right training scheme. Once you have passed our initial selection and as part of the pre-employment procedures, we will undertake an initial assessment with you to identify whether undertaking an Apprenticeship in Custody & Detention or the Initial Foundation Training will be appropriate in getting you ready for working in a custodial setting. The outcome of the assessment will determine which training pathway you take and this will be discussed with you before you take up post.


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.


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.


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 [email protected]
  • 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 [email protected].


Person specification

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail [email protected]. Please quote the job reference 71261.

Closing Date: 2nd May 2023.

Please note - you are applying for a cluster campaign and as such may be allocated to any one of the prisons listed in this advert.

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 undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) 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) (opens in a new window)
  • 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 (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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 [email protected]. Please quote the job reference 71261.

Recruitment team :

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 ([email protected]) 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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202302: Prison Officer - HMP Portland and HMP The Verne
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