Career Pathways - HMPPS

Justice Leaders

Career pathways

After the first two years of training, you will choose whether to specialise in Prison, Youth Custody Service (YCS) or Probation.

Year 1 & 2 | 3 month Fundation > 3 month Prison Officer Placement > 7 Month Exposure Across Prison And Probation Whilst Completing POiP > Career Devlopment Panel

YEAR 3 & 4

PATHWAYS

Prision | 12 month Custodial Manager > 1 month Eelctive Placement in Partner Organisation > Career Devlopment Panel > 10 Month Head of function > 1 month HQ Placement
  • Prison Pathway

    If you choose to specialise in this area for the final two years of your training, you’ll embark on a series of placements that introduce you to different aspects of leadership in the Prison Service.

    You’ll start with a 12-month placement in a prison, working as a Custodial Manager. You’ll manage a team of Prison Officers, and take responsibility for an area of the prison such as a wing or the safer custody department. You will also take part in a rota to be the Duty Manager for the day. This means responding to incidents, taking control of potentially dangerous situations, making decisions, and knowing your own level of authority.

    Later, you’ll spend 10 months as a Head of Function within a prison. In this role you will manage one or two Custodial Managers, and the team of people who sit underneath them. You will also have responsibility for a whole function within the prison such as residential, or security. Heads of Function also take part in the Duty Manager rota. They will take charge of more serious incidents that involve prisoners needing to be escorted outside of the prison, opening the command suite, or making critical decisions about how to manage a vulnerable person in a moment of crisis.

    You will also potentially spend one month with an external organisation and two months in a headquarters role.

Youth Custody Service | 12 Month Young Person' Prison > 1 month Elective Placeent in Partner Organisation > Career Devlopment Panel > 10 month Head of function > 1 month HQ Placement
  • Youth Custody Service Pathway

    If you choose to specialize in this area for the final two years of your training, you’ll embark on a series of placements that introduce you to different aspects of leadership in the Prison Service.

    You’ll start with a 12-month placement in a prison, working as a Custodial Manager. You’ll manage a team of Prison Officers, and take responsibility for an area of the prison such as a wing or the safer custody department. You will also take part in a rota to be the Duty Manager for the day. This means responding to incidents, taking control of potentially dangerous situations, making decisions, and knowing your own level of authority.

    Later, you’ll spend 10 months as a Head of Function within a prison. In this role you will manage one or two Custodial Managers, and the team of people who sit underneath them. You will also have responsibility for a whole function within the prison such as residential, or security. Heads of Function also take part in the Duty Manager rota. They will take charge of more serious incidents that involve prisoners needing to be escorted outside of the prison, opening the command suite, or making critical decisions about how to manage a vulnerable person in a moment of crisis.

    You will also potentially spend one month with an external organisation and two months in a headquarters role.

Probation | 4 month probation officer > 9 Month Effective Placement in PArtner ORganisation > Career Devlopment Panel > 10 month Senior Probation Officner > 1 Month Elective in partner ORganisation & 1 month HQ
  • Probation Pathway

    Choose to specialise in Probation for the final two years of your training, and you will be supporting people who are under supervision in the community. We work closely with a diverse group of people, including those who have committed violent and sexual offences, many of whom have complex needs. As a Probation Officer, you need to be resilient and ready to deal with the unexpected. As well as working with people on probation you will also work with victims of crime, colleagues across the criminal justice system, charities and the wider community.

    You’ll start with a  4-month placement as a Custodial Manager in a prison. You’ll manage a team of Prison Officers, and take responsibility for an area of the prison such as a wing or the safer custody department. You will also take part in a rota to be the Duty Manager for the day. This means responding to incidents, taking control of potentially dangerous situations, making decisions and knowing your own level of authority.

    You will then spend 9 months as a Probation Officer, managing your own caseload and providing support to people on probation in the community. Throughout the scheme, you will learn the tools needed to address challenging behaviours, engage with people and support them to make positive changes.

    Next, you’ll go on to spend 10 months as a Senior Probation Officer. You will lead and manage a team of probation staff, leading by example and ensuring public protection targets are met and all risks are properly managed.

    You will also potentially have the opportunity to spend one month with an external organisation and one month in a headquarters role.

Sarah Mellor – Head of Resettlement

Jay Ali – Senior Operational Support Manager
Marsha Silburn – Custodial Manager

Alex Wall – Custodial Manager