Your training could transform lives

By managing offenders in the community and in prisons, our Probation Officers give offenders the chance to turn their lives around and protect the public from the effects of crime.

Probation Officers work closely with people across the criminal justice system, victims of crime, charities and the wider community. The work can be challenging but, for the right person, it’s an immensely rewarding career.

No matter your background or level of experience, the work-based training programme gives you the opportunity to make real difference right away:

  • 15 or 21 month training programme where you’ll gain the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP)
  • During your training you will earn £22,261 (plus £1,100 if in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk Local Delivery Units, or plus £3,889 if in London), rising to £29,038 plus allowances once you achieve the Probation Officer role

As well as working to have a real impact on society, you’ll get great benefits including:

  • Annual leave allowance of 25 days (which increases to 30 days after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays
  • Local Government Pension Scheme


About the National Probation Service

The National Probation Service (NPS), as part of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), is a national organisation covering England and Wales. Our role is to protect the public, support victims and reduce reoffending. Our vision is simple: “Preventing Victims by Changing Lives”. Our work with offenders is first and foremost about ensuring communities are safe. By providing offenders with the means to rehabilitate, society is better protected against the effects of crime.

Equality and diversity

We’re committed to creating an environment based on respect, opportunity and inclusiveness for all. We actively seek trainee officers with a broad range of backgrounds as we firmly believe in the value those varied experiences can bring to the services we provide.

In our employment processes and our service delivery, we uphold our duties as outlined in the Equality Act 2010 – which means we tackle discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Anyone who comes into contact with our service – and our people – can expect to be treated with fairness. What’s more, we’re working towards ensuring that our people reflect the communities we serve. And that our services meet our offenders’ needs. Some of the ways we’re improving diversity include:

  • acting robustly to challenge and eliminate harassment, bullying or prejudice
  • training our people in equality, human rights and diversity issues
  • providing assistive technology to people with specific needs
  • supporting recognised trade unions and staff associations


PQiP learner
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...My average day as a PQiP [learner] is very similar to what a Probation Officer does…We're doing the actual job as we're training, so it's on-the-job learning and that’s really beneficial.


About the training

Find out more about the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) programme.


After training

Read more about what you could be part of as a qualified Probation Officer.


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