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Prison Officer - HMP Fosse Way 


Permanent, 40 hours per week

£24,500 to £29,000 depending on experience 

Recently awarded to Serco by the UK Ministry of Justice and built on the site of the old HMP Glen Parva, HMP Fosse Way is a category C resettlement prison that will house 1,715 prisoners and focus on the rehabilitation of offenders and their reintegration back into society. Opening in 2023, we’re seeking early submissions of interest for Prison Officer roles.

Whether you’re new to Prisons, work as a Prison Officer currently, or used to work at Glen Parva - we have start dates throughout 2023 and we can also provide secondments at our other prisons if you’d like an earlier start date. 

In this role you’ll at the forefront of ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone around you in what can be a complicated environment. But it’s also a job where your contribution really counts, as you work to give prisoners structure within their lives, encourage positive choices, and ensure that they are supported on their journey to rehabilitation.

The role:

Make no mistake, this is a role where your contribution counts - helping to give offenders structure within their lives, being a role model to encourage positive choices and ensuring that the prisoners are supported during their rehabilitation journey. When you are on duty you will act as mentor and will assure the safety, security and decency of prisoners and perform a pivotal role within the prison and the community it serves.

Daily duties involve:

  • Supervising prisoners in all aspects of wing-based activity
  • Encouraging prisoners to go to work or complete the jobs they have within the prison
  • Attending additional education classes
  • Serving food and effectively managing prisoners at risk of self-harm
  • Operational matters such as prisoner headcounts, searching, supervision and security together with administrative processes must all be effectively delivered.

Every prisoner reacts differently and you will see a full range of emotions from; apathy, anger, remorse or trauma. For the person in prison it can be one of the most stressful situations they will ever encounter, but for you it’s an everyday part of your job.

What we’re looking for:

Can you do it? Yes you can - if you have the resilience, integrity and professionalism to handle an ever-changing day, irrespective of the challenging situation you may face. Your natural patience, understanding and commitment to helping people will stand you in good stead – and give you the authority needed - for this position.

Being a Prison Officer demands the best, and our people come to us from a variety of backgrounds. What they will have in common is an ability to relate to people, exceptional communication skills, and a commitment to supporting their colleagues.

You’ll need to possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to pass a Level 2 Key Skills English and Maths (GCSE, NVQ or equivalent) test, which forms part of our assessment process.

Hours & Shifts:

The service that we provide to our prisoners is available every day of the year across a 24-hour period, meaning you will have to cover various shift patterns; including days, evenings, weekends, nights and bank holidays with an average of 40 hours per week.


Once you have passed the selection and vetting process, you will attend an 8-week Initial Training Course (ITC) at the establishment you have been recruited for, and you will be required to have 100% attendance. The ITC will provide high quality training where you will complete a Diploma in Custodial Care and undergo Control and Restraint training. You will also shadow experienced Prison Officers on shift to give you a real taste of life on the job.

Specific Requirements:

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks and approval by the Home Office.