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Prison instructor

Alternative titles for this job include Instructional officer

Prison instructors teach prisoners new skills to help them find work after their release.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£29,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm eve

How to become

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How to become Prison instructor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course


You'll need, or be prepared to work towards, a level 3 vocational qualification in your subject area or trade.

You may find it useful to do qualifications in assessment, like the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths

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Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

You would also need to meet the usual Prison Service entry requirements, which include nationality and security checks. See HM Prison & Probation Service for more details.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • act as a role model for prisoners
  • introduce new prisoners to the workshop health and safety rules
  • update prisoners' learning and attendance records
  • support prisoners working towards qualifications
  • monitor discipline and behaviour
  • search prisoners using 'rub down" or "pat down" method
  • keep the workshop area and tools safe and in working order
  • maintain stocks of equipment and materials

Working environment

You could work in a prison.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and physically and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could move up to industries manager or other management roles within the prison service.

You could change to other areas of training or instructing.

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