Are you eligible?

You will need a recognised Level 5 qualification or above in any subject, such as an honours degree, a foundation degree, a diploma of higher education, a Level 5 vocational qualification or a higher apprenticeship. A full list of Level 5 equivalent qualifications can be found here.

We value experience gained working with challenging individuals whose lives are in crisis and who display challenging behaviour. This can be either paid or voluntary work in any organisation that involves working with the kind of challenging behaviour we see from offenders.

Find out more about the application process here.

Application form

The decision we make about your application is based entirely on the information given on your application form, so please take the time to read through these notes and complete the form accurately and fully.

To apply, you’ll need to provide us with:

  • your personal details including your full name, address, contact numbers and proof of your right to work in the UK
  • details of your educational background, qualifications and any relevant training you have

Competency questions
You’ll be asked to complete a section of competency-based questions on the form. These give you the opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the probation service. The examples you provide and the way you communicate them will be used to help us decide who will be taken forward to the next stage – so it’s worth spending some time thinking about which examples you’ll use and how they’ll give you an advantage.

Equal opportunities monitoring form
We aim to be an equal opportunities employer – and our ability to know and use statistical data about the backgrounds of our people is crucial to that goal. To get that information, we ask that you please complete all the equal opportunities questions given on the application form. Your answers will be treated completely confidentially and won’t affect your application in any way.

Security clearance
HMPPS security clearance will be required if your application is successful. You’ll need to declare all convictions, cautions and absolute or conditional discharges as part of this process. All of our positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act – meaning that all convictions must be disclosed, no matter when they occurred. We believe that people can change, so a conviction will not automatically disbar you but any non-disclosure would.

Application tips

Applying for any job can be difficult – and it’s easy to overlook certain aspects of what you’re doing. We’ve put together some tips to help you to make the most of the process:

  • Do your research – find out about the service and familiarise yourself with our work, purpose and structure
  • Pay particular attention to the job’s purpose and the skills needed – you’ll need to show how you match what we’re looking for, so be sure that the role fits your abilities
  • Tailor your answers to meet the particular requirements outlined in the competency question, rather than cutting and pasting from another application
  • Highlight relevant experience and think about your achievements in the roles you’re writing about – such as overcoming particular problems or meeting certain targets
  • When listing qualifications, be sure to include the ones that are relevant to the job profile
  • Check and check again – use a spell checker, get a friend to read your application and give yourself time to proof and edit your application – you don’t want to miss out because of a typo or missing information

The July 2019 intake is now closed. Please register your interest for future intakes to be notified.

Further information

Download our Recruitment Process PDF.

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If you have further questions, see our FAQs here.

For more information or to discuss your application, please email: or ring: 0808 164 9883.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

Ministry of Justice's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.

If you have an enquiry regarding the Civil Service Commission or the Recruitment Principles, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Ministry of Justice in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.



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