You can apply to join the Senior Leadership Scheme. This is a 3-year training scheme available from Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). Vacancies are advertised online and through social media when a recruitment campaign is taking place.
You may have an advantage if you've got a degree, though it's not essential. Employers are just as interested in what you've achieved throughout your career.
Experience in management and excellent communication skills, as well as assertiveness and integrity, are important.
You can also apply through the Unlocked Graduates programme. This is a 2-year fast-track leadership development route available to graduates, who:
- meet the HMPPS eligibility criteria
- already have, or be expecting to get, an upper second class degree
- have GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths
- have the right to work in the UK for the length of the programme
You'll study for a postgraduate master's in leadership and custodial environments as part of the training.