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Who can apply?

HMPPS actively welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We’re looking for highly motivated people who have a passion for helping others and are keen to make a difference to our criminal justice system. This will be a stimulating environment to work in, requiring high levels of resilience.

Given the academic ability required to study for the Justice Leaders Masters qualification you must have achieved at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree qualification in any subject or if you are still studying are due to graduate with a predicted grade of at least 2:2 in 2022. Due to the challenging nature of the leadership roles you will be completing alongside academic study this scheme is suited to applicants who have huge passion, drive and desire to improve the lives of others, with a few years of work experience post-graduation.

We welcome applications from those who are looking for a rewarding new career in the justice sector, or a change in direction. You do not need to have any experience in the justice sector to apply. We are looking for applicants based on their potential to drive change within the criminal justice system, who are open to new opportunities and experiences and are proud to know that they will be giving back, by following their passion. As part of the pre-employment checks you will need to successfully complete NPPV2 vetting (Non-Personnel Police Vetting level 2) which requires you to have been a resident in the UK for the last three years.  If you have been out of the country for a significant period of time (usually up to one year) and maintained your UK residency you may still be considered for vetting clearance.

If you are not a UK or EU citizen, you will need a leave to remain entitlement of approximately 24 months or more at the point you apply.

Our Realistic Job Preview will help you further.

What happens next?

Use the online realistic job preview

This part of the application isn’t assessed but we’re asking everyone to complete it as it will help you figure out if being on Justice Leaders is right for you.

Apply online

Register and apply online. We’ll ask you some eligibility questions to see if you meet initial criteria. If you do, we’ll ask you to complete some personal details such as your name and address to create your application. You’ll also be asked to let us know at this point if you’ll need any reasonable adjustments for any part of the assessment.

Take the assessments

The next stage asks you to complete a situational judgement assessment and an ability test. This is your opportunity to show us you’ve got what it takes. Full instructions will be given to you prior to starting these assessments so you’ll know exactly what you need to do. Once you’ve completed these you can sit back and relax. We’ll review how you’ve done and if you’re successful invite you to the next stage. If not, we’ll provide you with some feedback on how you’ve done.

Pre-recorded Video interview

You’ll be asked a series of questions using a pre-recorded video interview platform. You can do this at a time and location that’s convenient to you. Full instructions will be given to you prior to starting the interview so you’ll know exactly what you need to do. You’ll need to make sure you’re somewhere with a good internet connection and where you won’t be disturbed.

Justice Leaders online assessment centre

If you’re successful at the recorded video interview stage, we’ll invite you to attend an online assessment centre. Full instructions will be given to you in advance. Again, you’ll need to make sure you’re somewhere with a good internet connection and where you won’t be disturbed. We’ll be asking you to complete:

  • An interview – this time it’ll be live
  • A written exercise
  • A presentation exercise
  • A role-play

Pre-employment checks

If you’re successful at the online assessment centre, we’ll invite you to go through our vetting process completing two forms of pre-employment checks, as well as inviting you to undertake our medical and fitness tests.

If you are excited by what you have read, we invite you to click on apply now which will take you through to our Realistic Job Preview tool and eligibility questionnaire. We look forward to receiving your application!

Diversity and Equal Opportunities

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 a Disability Confident employer, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) are 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. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you have not indicated this during your application please call us on 0345 241 5358 or email SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team as soon as possible to ensure adjustments are in place before you attempt to complete the recruitment process.


We have set out some approximate time when you should except to hear updates on your progress. However, things may change so continue to check your homepage for updates.

  • Applications open (including SJT and Ability tests) – November 2021
  • SJT and Ability outcomes communicated– January 2022
  • Pre-recorded Video interviews – January 2022
  • Video interview outcome communicated – February 2022
  • Online Assessment Centres – March/April 2022
  • Assessment Centre outcomes communicated – April 2022
  • Fitness/Medical/Pre-employment checks – May 2022 to August 2022
  • Successful Justice Leaders start – September 2022