201705: Prison Officer - HMP Berwyn

National Offender Management Service

Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

Reference number

1541756

Salary

£21,902

Grade

Other
NOMS Band 3

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Other

Type of role

Operational Delivery
Security
Other

Working pattern

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

Hours

31 - 41 hours per week

Number of posts

50

Location

HMP Berwyn, Bridge Road, Wrexham, LL13 9QS

About the job

Job description

Prison Officer - HMP Berwyn

HMP Berwyn, Bridge Road, Wrexham, LL13 9QS.

Salary: £21,902 to £23,762, based on 39 hours, with potential to earn more.

Preventing victims by changing lives
HMPPS in Wales works in an integrated way to keep communities in Wales safer and to give the men and women we work with the opportunity to change their lives. We commission and provide offender management services in the community and in custody to deliver the orders of the courts and support rehabilitation. Our aim is to deliver outstanding, seamless offender management services in Wales that protect the public, reduce reoffending, deliver value for money and support our partners.

The Welsh Language Scheme
Welsh Language skills for this post are desirable.

Benefits include:
- Level 3 diploma qualification (as part of your 10 week training)
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
- civil service pension
- worklife balance options
- childcare voucher scheme
- annual season ticket loan
- career development
- access to a range of other benefits through the Prison Service Sports Association

Applicants will be requested to complete the online Situational Judgement Test, and book onto the Recruitment Assessment Day before 9th June 2017. Successful candidates may be offered a start date of 17th July or 21st August 2017.


Working in a prison can make a difference. By getting to this point in your application, you have already decided you have the right blend of qualities to join us.


Day to day, you’ll help to create a safe, secure environment where rehabilitation is supported and encouraged. In return, you’ll receive a secure job and rewarding career, as well as great training, excellent benefits and the chance to change lives for the better.


You’ll need great communication skills to deal with all kinds of situations, and your ability to listen well, put yourself in someone else’s shoes and work with prisoners to understand them will be vital. Self-confidence, personal integrity and emotional intelligence are also a must, along with plenty of resilience and physical stamina too. Together, these qualities will allow you to support prisoners with their rehabilitation, in a safe environment.


For more information, please visit www.prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk


Responsibilities
You will be responsible for supervising and managing prisoners decently, lawfully, safely and securely, ensuring that the routines of the prison operate effectively.


Working closely with colleagues throughout the prison, you will keep the prison safe and secure for all by conducting searches on prisoners, staff and visitors and responding to and effectively managing the day-to-day challenges prisoners can present as ‘first on the scene’ and back up support.


While the role of a prison officer is not a desk job, keeping detailed records on centralised systems and completing timely reports are also an essential part of the role, and important in maintaining decency, safety and security.


You will need to follow national and local regulations and policies, and build and maintain strong professional relationships with your colleagues and the people in your care, while supporting prisoners to achieve their rehabilitation goals.


Essential requirements
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a prison officer but you will be tested against a variety of values and criteria.


All candidates are required to pass an online application that includes a maths test and situational judgement test that assesses how you would react in scenarios you may face as an officer.


If you pass the online tests you will be invited to attend a Recruitment Assessment Day (RAD).


The RAD has three elements that you will need to pass to progress with your application:

Role play - you will be assessed on three 10-minute role play simulations. The role-play simulations will be based on situations you could face as a Prison Officer; however you do not require prior knowledge of the Prison Officer role to be successful.
Written test – you will be given some written scenarios to read and answer questions about – your maths and written English will be assessed as part of this; you do not require prior knowledge of the Prison Officer role to be successful.
Fitness test and health screening – You will have an eye test and basic health screening, which includes a blood pressure check to ensure you are well enough to complete the fitness test on the day. Your fitness test will then test your strength and agility in order to assess your ability to complete the physical demands of the job.


All successful candidates will be subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post. All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation that does not fit with the prison service values of diversity and inclusion.


Training
Once you have passed the RAD you will be booked into a ten-week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) programme, which is usually provided residentially. As part of this course you will gain a Level 3 Diploma in the management and care of individuals in the custodial environment, which will give you a number of transferable skills, including communication, knowledge and understanding of working in custodial care, current legislative and organisational requirements and working practices.


It is a requirement to pass the POELT course and it is designed to equip you to work as a Prison Officer, but your initial training will continue throughout your first year of service and you will be required to complete all parts of it in order to complete your 12-month probationary period.


Find out more
You can find out more about the benefits, assessment and training in the attached FAQs. There are also a number of useful resources on www.prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants, you can read more about it here [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-code/the-civil-service-code].


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.


There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Allowances

Please refer to additional job description attachment

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you require any assistance please call 0845 010 3508 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail hr-recruitment-enquiries@noms.gsi.gov.uk. Please quote job ref: 9421

To find out more or to apply for this vacancy, go to our website: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/appcentre-1/brand-13/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/9421-201705-Prison-Officer-HMP-Berwyn/en-GB

Sift/interview dates and location

Dates for Recruitment Assessment Day to be confirmed.

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