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Play your part in building a safer Northern Ireland with a career in the Prison Service


Do you want to play a part in building a safer community by supporting and challenging people in custody to change? Are you ready for a change of career or a new challenge? 

If so, the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) is recruiting for Prison Custody Officers.


What roles are currently available?

The NIPS is currently recruiting for Prisoner Custody Officers (PCOs) with 20 hours per week and 35 hours per week contracts available.


Where will the roles be based?

The positions will be based at Courts across Northern Ireland.


What will my responsibilities be?

PCOs are responsible for escorting people to and from Courts, hospitals, airports, police stations and other establishments, and ensuring their safety and security.

A full and detailed job description can be found by clicking here – you can also find out more on Twitter @NIPrisons.


What salary is offered for each role?

PCO (20 hours) - £9,563 - £9,855 per annum

PCO (35 hours) -  £16,735 - £17,247 per annum

Each post also carries a non-pensionable allowance of £2,700 per year and a boot allowance of £92.80 per annum.


Will there be training provided?

All candidates successful will be required to complete initial training at the Prison Service College at Hydebank Wood and undertake any other training as required to perform the duties of the post they have been assigned to. 

Further information can be found here.


What qualifications do I need to apply for the role?

Applicants must, by the closing date for applications have 5 GCSE’s including English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

Details on providing relevant or equivalent qualifications can be found here.


When is the closing date for applications?

Completed Application Forms must be returned no later than 12noon on Friday 14th September 2018.

To apply click here


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