Life as a prison officer

Working as a prison officer is challenging, fast paced, requires a ‘can do’ attitude and is incredibly rewarding.

Using the skills and life experience you gained in the military, you will have the opportunity to:

  • act as a positive role model to prisoners and help them learn new skills
  • manage challenging behaviour
  • and ensure the safety of prisoners and staff

You’ll work as part of a well-trained team with a clear sense of purpose, helping to reduce reoffending and protect the public.

Assessment Centre

Our prison officer assessment centre is designed to assess if you have the skills and fitness levels needed to become a prison officer. To support you to fast track to employment, on the day we'll:

  • let you know if you've been successful
  • confirm which prison you'll be assigned to and your start date
  • start your pre-employment checks.*

*Please come prepared with your Armed Forces disclosure form, your Armed forces reference number and your address and work history for the past 5 years. Please also bring your pension information, and if you have ever been subject to an IVA, bankruptcy or insolvency bring any information relating to this. As part of the checks, you will also need to identify someone who will act as a Countersignatory for you, therefore please provide their contact details.

What happens at the Assessment Centre

We have a dedicated portal which will explain what to expect at your Assessment Centre.