FAQS - HMPPS

Frequently Asked Questions

About Justice Leaders

  • Due to the nature of the scheme structure and the requirements to complete a range of training together as a cohort if you already have an existing qualification such PQiP then it would not be viable for you to take part in Justice Leaders as you would repeating a qualification you already hold and it is not possible due to the design of the Level 7 Masters to skip PQiP.

  • MoJ and HMPPS staff are eligible to apply for Justice Leaders however those with operational experience will be assessed on a case by case basis to ensure the scheme would be beneficial to their development. Candidates on Justice Leaders due to the scheme structure and the requirements to complete it together as a cohort will start their placements at Prison Officer and Probation Service Officer level so the scheme will not provide the same benefit to candidates who have progressed past these positions as they would be required to repeat them.

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    YEARS 1 AND 2
    National Outer London Inner London
    £27,121

    £21,693 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours

     

    £30,488

    £24,689 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours

     

    £32,244

    £26,111 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)

     

    YEAR 3
    £37,276

    £30,453 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)

     

     

    £40,536

    £33,116 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)

     

    £42,236

    £35,234 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)

     

    Probation Career Pathway switch at year 3 + 4 months as below:

    £37,276 – £37,174 (basic salary + marked time balance of £102)

    Additional London Allowance (where applicable) of £3,889 = total pay £41,165

     

    YEAR 4
    £37,276

    £30,453 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours

     

    £40,536

    £33,116 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)

     

    £42,236

    £35,234 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours

    Probation Career Pathway

    £37,276 – £37,174 (basic salary + marked time balance of £102)

    Additional London Allowance (where applicable) of £3,889 = total pay £41,165

     

     

    ONCE OFF THE SCHEME
    Candidates will be required to apply for their chosen role through fair and open competition.

    Where successful, those who are pursuing the prisons career pathway will have their pay calculated as a promotion from Band 3 under whichever prisons pay on promotion policy is in place at the time.  If this results in lower pay than in year 4 of the scheme, the necessary upward adjustment will be made to ensure no detriment.

    Because there are no recognised grade equivalencies between prisons and probation, those pursuing the probation career pathway will be placed at the pay range minimum for the role successfully applied for.  If this results in lower pay than in year 4 of the scheme, the necessary upward adjustment will be made to ensure no detriment.

    Staff then becoming subject to either the prisons or probation pay awards (depending on chosen career pathway) annually.

  • HMPPS operates across England and Wales, and you will have several different placements during the course of the Justice Leaders scheme. You will be asked about your preferences, and the team will do their best to keep you within one hour’s journey-time of this location. However, there are more vacancies in the South and you may need to be flexible.

  • You will start in September 2022.  Please note that you will be required to have completed your pre-employment checks prior to this, without completing these you will be unable to start.  Therefore it is imperative that should you be offered a place you complete all requested information in a timely manner.

Assessments

  • The assessment centre will be online. Full instructions will be given to you in advance.

    You’ll be completing:

    • An interview
    • A written exercise
    • A presentation exercise
    • A role-play

    The written exercise, presentation and role-play will all be timed.  And you’ll need access to zoom to complete the online assessment centre.

  • The first two questions will be assessed but not scored, these are simply ‘warm up’ questions. The remaining questions will all be scored.

    The interview focuses on a range of strengths and behaviors which are important to the scheme.

    Strengths interviews feel a little different to traditional interviews. Strengths are things you find energising and motivating.  In these questions, we’re really trying to learn about your natural strengths, so please be yourself and do not try to use pre-rehearsed answers.  You may use either personal or professional examples, please go into as much detail as possible.

    We’ll also ask you about one behavior (the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job):

    Working Together – Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.

    The behaviors question is a typical interview-style question where we want you to tell us about the situation, what you did and what the outcome was. Answer the question as fully as you can.

    Further guidance can be found here:

    You will have ten days to complete the pre-recorded video interview.

  • During the assessment centre, you’ll be asked to complete several different exercises.  You will be assessed on a range of Behaviours (the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job) and also a selection of Strengths (the things we find energising and that motivate us).

    Key behaviours we assess are:

    • Seeing the Big Picture – Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider organisational priorities and ensure work is in the national interest.
    • Making Effective Decisions – Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.
    • Communicating and Influencing – Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
    • Working Together – Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.
    • Developing Self and Others – Focus on continuous learning and development for self, others and the organisation as a whole.
    • Managing a Quality Service – Deliver service objectives with professional excellence, expertise and efficiency, taking account of diverse customer needs.
    • Delivering at Pace – Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.

    See these Success Profiles for more detail.

    Behaviours (see Level 3 – HEO and SEO or equivalent behaviours):

  • Many of our tests are timed, including the ability test.  Full instructions will be given, so you’ll be able to clearly see how long you have to do each assessment.  If you require any adjustments at any point please let us know.

  • The pre-recorded video interview isn’t live so you can do it at a time and location convenient to you. We recommend you use a computer or laptop with a front-facing camera. However, the interview can also be completed on a tablet or mobile phone. Before you start, there is some short introductory guidance and a question to check that the system is working properly. This is not seen by an assessor.

    Full instructions are given to you when you start. Questions take the format of the question being read out; thinking time (not seen by the assessor) and then response time. You’ll be able to clearly see how much thinking time and how much response time you have for each question.

    Before you start the interview, make sure you:

    • are in a quiet environment
    • are free from distractions
    • have adequate lighting in the room you are in
    • have the top half of your body visible, as well as your face
  • The first two questions will be assessed but not scored, these are simply ‘warm up’ questions. The remaining questions will all be scored.

    The behaviours question is a typical interview-style question where we want you to tell us about the situation, what you did and what the outcome was. Answer each question as fully as you can. The strengths questions may feel different to interview questions you’re used to.  In that part of the interview we’re really trying to learn about your natural strengths, so please be yourself and do not try to use pre-rehearsed answers. You may use either personal or professional examples; please go into as much detail as possible.

    You will have ten days to complete the pre-recorded video interview.

    Further guidance about the video interview can be found in the “What criteria will I be assessed on during the pre-recorded video interview?

  • You will have seven days to complete the online ability and situational judgement tests. The situational judgement test is untimed but is likely to take you around 25 minutes to complete. The ability test is timed.  Including instructions, this is likely to take you 45 minutes to complete.

    You will have ten days to complete the pre-recorded video interview, which is timed and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

    The next stage, the Justice Leaders online assessment centre, takes approximately half a day to complete. This will be carried out online so there’s no travel required from your home to a centre.

    You must complete all stages within the time given. Please remember to check your application portal and junk mail for notifications and timescales. Please do not wait until the last moment to undertake the assessments, in case you have any technical issues.

  • You’ll receive feedback reports on both tests and after the assessment centre, regardless of the outcome. Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer feedback for the pre-recorded video interview stage.

  • Examples of similar tests to the ones you’ll be asked to complete can be found here (Situational Judgement Test and General Ability (mobile-enabled) Practice Tests | SHL Direct

  • For the testing and the pre-recorded video interview guidance on what browsers are supported can be found here: What are the system requirements for a pre-recorded video Interview assessment?

    Please download the Online Assessment Centre Tech Requirements document.

  • For the online assessment centre: phone us at 0345 241 5358 or email [email protected]

  • 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 us at [email protected] as soon as possible to ensure adjustments are in place before you attempt to complete the recruitment process.

  • As part of Justice Leaders’ assessment process, you’ll be asked to complete two tests – the first is situational judgement test (SJT) and the second is a cognitive ability test.

    In the SJT we would like to understand better how you handle certain situations that you could encounter whilst on Justice Leaders. The Justice Leaders Situational Judgement Test (SJT) immerses you in a series of hypothetical scenarios, designed to assess your potential to deal with critical challenges you could face in your role on Justice Leaders. You will be asked to select from multiple options in each question.  There is no preparation needed for this assessment.  The SJT is not timed. You’ll be able to adjust the font size and background colour yourself.

    The cognitive ability test is a general ability test which allows us to understand your cognitive abilities better.  It consists of several business-like scenarios that will test your inductive and deductive reasoning skills, as well as your numerical ability. Although there is no special preparation required, you may want to refresh your most basic number skills (understanding and interpreting numerical data and mathematic information) prior to the assessment and have a calculator and pen and paper ready. The cognitive ability test is timed. You’ll be able to adjust the font size yourself.

    All tests can be completed on a mobile, tablet or PC/laptop, although we would recommend a PC/laptop.  We also recommend you complete the testing in one sitting in a place that’s quiet where you won’t be disturbed.  Each test has instructions and practice questions. Please read these carefully and complete all practice questions to get familiar with the question format.  Further guidance on possible adjustments for the tests can be found here: Accessibility Support | SHLDirect

  • 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

Medical and Fitness

What are the assessment criteria for Justice Leaders?

During the assessment process, you will be assessed against a range of Behaviours (the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job) and a selection of Strengths (the things we find energising and that motivate us).

Key behaviours we assess are:

Making Effective Decisions

Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.

Communicating and Influencing

Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.

Working Together

Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.

Developing Self and Others

Focus on continuous learning and development for self, others and the organisation as a whole.

Managing a Quality Service

Deliver service objectives with professional excellence, expertise and efficiency, taking account of diverse customer needs

Seeing the bigger picture

Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider Civil Service priorities and ensure work is in the national interest

Delivering at Pace

Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.