Specialist Production Instructor

Specialist Production Instructors help prisoners to learn new practical skills within a specialist workshop setting, preparing them for employment upon release and contributing to the government’s objective of reducing reoffending.

Specialist Production Instructors (SPI) ensure that all services are provided to a high standard and that security and control is maintained at all times. The jobholder will be able to teach prisoners towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications and may be supported by external organisations such as local colleges.

There are a wide range of industries which are taught across our prisons and SPIs are responsible for specialising and delivering these workshops to prisoners.

Typical tasks include:

  • Inducting prisoners to the workshop/area of work and train them in aspects such as health and safety, Control of Substance Hazardous to health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage
  • Setting work schedules and managing targets/quality standards, maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements
  • Assessing and evaluating skills of prisoners up to national qualification standards
  • Supervising and maintaining discipline of prisoners within workshop/area of work, responsible for performance, motivation, discipline, appraisal and development of prisoners
  • Carrying out fabric and tool checks of workshops and maintain security of areas, logging any tool/equipment faults. Undertake planned maintenance programme on machinery
  • Contributing to Health and Safety risk assessments relating to the workshop/work of area and specialist areas
  • Conducting a metal detector scan or rub down search of prisoners attending and leaving their own workshops