Your training could transform lives

By managing offenders in the community, our Probation Officers protect the public from the effects of crime and give offenders the chance to turn their lives around. No matter your background or level of experience, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference from the moment you begin your training with us. 

View the video to hear Mark’s story about how change is possible. He now makes a positive contribution to society by applying his skills to a successful career. By training in probation, so could you.

Joining on a 15 or 21 month programme, you’ll see how we work closely with people throughout the criminal justice system, victims of crime, charities and the wider community. You’ll soon discover that there are huge challenges in what we do. However, for the right person, it’s an immensely rewarding career.

We’ve updated our processes and the qualifications you need to have to make training to be a Probation Officer more open and accessible. We have provided lots of information about who can apply and how. You’ll find this on our Eligibility page.

Read on to find out more about the service, how we fit in with the wider criminal justice system, what motivates our people – and how you can help us cut crime and protect the public. 


Our purpose

We protect the public in conjunction with the police, prisons and courts. Read more about what you could be part of.


You be the judge

During your training, you’ll gain first-hand experience of the criminal justice system. Sit in the judge's chair and see how sentencing decisions are made.



Whether you’ve just completed your education or you’re looking for a meaningful new career challenge, find out what you need to apply.

Follow us