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 probation service

The probation service is part of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). Our role is to protect the public, support victims and reduce reoffending across England and Wales. 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.

Diversity and inclusion

MoJ is striving to build a world-class organisation that is open and inclusive. By valuing difference, we strive to ensure we understand the diverse society we are part of, regardless of someone’s age, disability, gender identity or expression, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. 

We embrace diversity to provide a better workplace experience for all our staff and better outcomes for our service users. 

We aim to put inclusion at the heart of our people delivery by:

  • supporting the wellbeing of our staff
  • providing opportunities for training and learning
  • valuing and championing difference as a strength, inspiring staff to be themselves and deliver their best at work
  • encouraging communities of support and advocacy through our established diversity networks and allies programmes as well as partnership working across the Civil Service and other sectors

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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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