The Prison Officer Recruitment Process

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The Prison Officer Recruitment Process

The prison officer role has become one of the top 10 most widely sought after jobs. This is not a surprising development, the tempting work conditions and good pay that comes with the job would attract any one. Let’s take a quick look at the pay/work conditions for prison officers:

Ÿ  Prison officers across the UK are presented with two civil service pension programme choices.

Ÿ  A prison officer normally works a wide range of shifts: weekend shifts, night shifts, as well as long days. Over the shift circle, a prison officer’s working hours are approximately 39 hours on average (per week).

Ÿ  Annual leave comes with a competitive allowance that varies with service grades. At entry level, annual leave duration is about 22 days, and this would increase after the first year. The leave duration will increase to 30 days after a decade’s service. For private prisons, the pension scheme and pay conditions may vary.

Ÿ  There may be part-time job opportunities available for a prison officer.

Ÿ  In addition, the remuneration is attractive, both at the entry level and higher levels. For instance, a 2009 report shows that prison officers earn between £17,000 and £27,000 at entry level, while these figures will increase at higher levels such as the senior officer level, senior principal level, the manger and senior manager level.

The Prison Officer Recruitment Process

In England and Wales, becoming a part of the prison service requires certain procedures. First, you will complete the application and skills evaluation form. There are other processes involved, but you must be successful with the application/skill assessment stage before progressing to the next one.

So, if you pass the application and skill assessment stage, you will proceed to the test proper. This is called the Prison Officer Selection Tests. The test is basically targeted at an applicant’s ability with language and numbers. If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to the next stage.

The Recruitment and Assessment Day is the next phase in the prison officer recruitment process. Situational role plays are also part of this selection stage. No matter the educational qualification you’ve attained, you must undergo the recruitment assessment day process. Also, other areas will be tested such as your verbal reasoning ability. The RAD (Recruitment Assessment Day) will also involve medical health checks and completion of the vetting form.

For each stage, you will be notified about your status, whether you were successful or not. So, keep an eye on your e-mail inbox and look out for such alerts.

The final stage in the prison officer recruitment process is the appointment phase. At this point, you must have passed the previous stages. It is time to get your appointment letter. Other necessary medical tests and identity checks are conducted before you are finally appointed.

Subsequently, induction training and other training programmes will kick-off. The training will continue even when you’ve officially started duty, and may run for one year. This will help to equip you fully for the demanding tasks ahead.