What happens when I apply?

When you’re ready to apply for an opportunity within our Senior Leadership Scheme, you will:

  • Complete an application which confirms your eligibility to live and work in the UK. You will also need to provide a curriculum vitae to demonstrate your relevant work experience. Click here to begin.
  • You will be required to answer two questions linked to civil service behaviours. More information about the civil service success profiles can be found by accessing the framework document.

All first-stage applications are assessed ‘blind’, for fairness, inclusivity and to eliminate any risks of unconsciousness bias.

 

Once you’ve completed the application form it will be sifted. If successful we will send you a test to complete as part of your application:

  • Situational judgment test: This is an online test that is designed to test how you react in scenarios you may face when working in a prison environment.

If you pass the online tests you will be invited to attend the first phase of face to face assessments where we will assess whether you have the qualities and skills we are looking for in a Senior Leader. We assess this in a number of ways.

  • Group Exercise: We will assess how you work with others in a group setting and how you deal with situations that arise within the exercise. You will be observed by an assessor who will mark you against our criteria.
  • Written tests: We will test you on your literacy and numeracy skills.

Candidates who successfully pass the first phase of face to face assessments will be invited to the final phase. This will allow a panel of two or three staff to get to know you better.

  • Panel interview & presentation: You will be asked to design a presentation which you will deliver during your interview. You will then be asked a series of questions based around the civil service behaviours which we will score you against. You will also be asked for geographical preferences and the flexibility you can offer in terms of future placements.

The fitness test will assess your ability to meet the physical demands of the job.

You will need to complete a bleep test, an agility test and push/pull strength tests. As a Senior Leader you will not necessarily be required to complete this annually, but it will ensure you are safe when working on our prison wings.

If you are successful during the face to face assessments you will be:

  • Put through the vetting process if a position is available in your preferred areas

 

The vetting process can take a few months to complete, depending on your employment history and where you’ve lived. Whilst you are waiting you can expect to hear from your Fast Track Development Manager with details of what to expect once vetting is complete.

Once you have passed the vetting process, you will be invited to attend a Prison Officer Entry-Level Training course, based at Newbold Revel, our prison training college. Once you pass the POELT course, you will begin working as a Prison Officer for three months at your allocated establishment.

  • During this training you will be provided with the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the establishment layout, the role of the establishment and the work you will be expected to carry out after training.
  • On successful completion of the Prison Officer Placement you will return to Newbold Revel where you will have a consolidation week, this gives you the opportunity to apply the learning from formal training and your experience as an officer.

At each stage of the programme you will be provided with the appropriate training to support your operational abilities to work within an establishment. You will be given ongoing support, opportunities to shadow experienced colleagues and career coaching, working towards successful completion of the necessary assessments. Following your prison officer placement, you will be provided with additional management training to allow you to undertake your new role as Head of Department efficiently and effectively.

The whole process from application to beginning the Senior Leadership Scheme will take several months. Depending on vetting and notice periods within the cohort we anticipate you starting your POELT training in September 2019.

Key dates

All candidates will be notified if they are progressing, or not, during the week of the 25th of February. Successful candidates will receive an invitation to complete an online Situational Judgement Test the following week.

All candidates will be notified and those successful will be invited to attend phase one of the face to face assessments. These will take place during the week of 1st April 2019 at our Prison Training College, Newbold Revel near Coventry.

Phase one assessment takes place, and will include:

  • Group Exercise: We will assess how you work with others in a group setting and how you deal with situations that arise within the exercise. You will be observed by an assessor who will mark you against our criteria.
  • Written tests: We will test you on your literacy and numeracy skills.

Phase two assessment takes place in London. This will consist of a panel interview, delivery of a presentation and questions based around the civil service behaviours.

Offers are made and vetting will commence. This can take several weeks and could potentially impact the start date. Regular communication will be maintained to assist with notice periods.

Prison officer entry-level training (POELT) begins.

Not quite what you are looking for?

If you are interested in a career as a prison officer, please visit www.prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk

For Probation Officer opportunities, see traintobeaprobationofficer.com

For other opportunities, visit gov.uk