You could apply directly for job vacancies with probation services. You'll need:
- experience of working with vulnerable people or people who have challenging behaviour
- a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
You can get experience through volunteering or paid work, or by contacting your local community rehabilitation company for opportunities.
If you're successful with your application, you'll train on the job. You'll do the Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice during your first 12 months to qualify as a probation services officer.