New training scheme to recruit graduates as prison officers to launch next year

The Express is reporting that a new training scheme is launching next year to recruit graduates as prison officers.

The two-year programme will see participants complete a masters degree while working on the frontline alongside existing jail staff. Those joining the initiative will be paid the same entry level salary as other prison officers – currently £20,545 a year nationally.

On completion of the two years, participants will either continue to work in the prison service – or use their experience to join other public sector organisations or the private sector, organisers said.

The initiative is being launched by Unlocked, an independent charity, and is backed by Justice Secretary Liz Truss.

She said: “Prison officers are some of our finest public servants. It is a unique role, which is both challenging and rewarding.

“There are very few jobs where you genuinely get the opportunity to reform and transform the lives of offenders, and the lives of their families, creating a safer society.”

More at: New training scheme to recruit graduates as prison officers to launch next year

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  1. rubricmaster

    SchoolsImprove great opportunity to utilize restorative justice. Your graduates will enter the classroom equipped with conflict resolution

  2. infamyreborn92

    SchoolsImprove So they can earn £9.02 per hour after taxes being attacked by prisoners and dealing with enormous prison overcrowding?

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The prison service & politicians had better hope this graduate scheme is more successful than all the recent teacher ones.

  4. clivetaylor915

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove
    It won’t be.
    It belongs with “something needs doing, let’s do something” pile of junk

  5. andylutwyche

    clivetaylor915 SchoolsImprove Both you & I know that Clive. It seems a pity that MPs & journalists have such a shallow learning curve

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