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Assessment Centre

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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

The assessment starts with an introductory briefing session where you'll be told what to expect and will have the opportunity to ask questions. You will complete role plays, an interview, a written test, a numeracy test and a medical/fitness test. After your debrief you will be given a provisional offer on the day if your results meet the required criteria.

We will then start your pre-employment checks. Please see the ID Documents page for details of the documents you will need to bring with you.

To hear more about the Advance into Justice scheme and the prison officer role, as well as to learn some top tips to help you prepare for your assessment centre watch one of our past webinars below:

If you are unable to make this, you can watch the webinar we held on Tuesday 15th February.

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