Update: next recruitment intake in April 2021
We know many of you will be expecting a PQiP recruitment campaign in the new year. Due to the popularity of our last recruitment campaign, the next recruitment round will be in April.
We realise this will be disappointing news for some of you, but please be assured that there will be plenty more opportunities to apply over the coming months. Our Probation Workforce Strategy, published earlier this year, sets out the changes we are making to deliver a more positive, inclusive, and diverse probation workforce.
You may wish to use this time to look for local opportunities for relevant work experience, such as through charities that work with offenders or vulnerable people.
We will be in touch with further updates in the new year.
To ensure you are the first to be alerted about the April 2021 recruitment campaign, please register your interest below. By registering your interest, you will also receive hints and tips for applying and invitations to join our live Q&A sessions with existing Probation Officers.
We are aware that there are websites in operation offering assistance to candidates with PQiP assessments – please note that these are not official websites, nor are they endorsed by the Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service.
Are you eligible?
To apply, you’ll either need a degree, or a foundation degree, diploma of higher education, higher apprenticeship or equivalent qualification.
In addition, you should have experience working with challenging individuals whose lives are in crisis and display challenging behaviour. It doesn’t matter whether it’s paid or voluntary – just that it involves the kind of behaviour we see from offenders.
The recruitment process
Applicants who apply to the April 2021 campaign can expect to start in November 2021. However, if we are unable to offer a suitable location for the November intake, you will remain on the merit list and your application will be carried forward to next intake. Candidates are able to remain on the merit for 12 months in line with HMPPS recruitment policy.
Stage 1 – Making an application
The first stage of the recruitment process involves filling out our application form. As well as asking you about your education and career, we use the Success Profiles Framework to assess you against a range of elements using different selection methods, you can find out more here.
You’ll then be screened by our recruitment team and asked to complete some tests to check your suitability for the training programme.
Subject to passing the screening and online tests, you’ll be invited to a virtual assessment centre where you’ll be required to undertake a face-to-face interview, role play exercises and a written test.
Stage 2 – Security clearance
If your application is successful, you’ll need to undergo pre-employment checks.
All of our positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, which means you’ll have to declare any and all convictions, cautions and absolute or conditional discharges – however long ago they occurred.
Obviously, we believe people can change. A conviction doesn’t mean you can’t be a Probation Officer. But not disclosing one will put an end to your application.
Stage 3 – Employment offer
If you’re successful, we’ll send you a provisional offer letter. However, we can’t always guarantee a placement every time, as it’s dependent on local needs in each area.
If we can’t place you, we’ll defer your application to following intakes until a suitable vacancy is available – for a maximum of 12 months from your assessment day date. After this, you would have to reapply to a future campaign.
Find out more about the application process.
For more information or to discuss your application, please read our FAQs.
Working for the Civil Service
We abide by the Civil Service Code’s standards of behaviour.
Our recruitment processes are driven by the principle of a fair and open competition leading to appointments based on merit (as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles).
If you have any questions about the Civil Service Commission or our Recruitment Principles, we recommend contacting the Civil Service Commission directly.
If you feel we haven’t upheld those principles throughout your application and want to make a complaint, first contact the Ministry of Justice. If their response is unsatisfactory, contact the Civil Service Commission