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.
You will also need relevant experience of working with challenging individuals whose lives are in crisis and who display challenging behaviour. This can be gained through either paid or voluntary work in any agency that involves working with the kind of challenging behaviour we see from offenders.
If you are already qualified, you can apply to work as a probation officer right away. Find out more and apply here.
Find out more about the application process here.
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:
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 National 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.
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.
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:
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