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.”
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