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Working as a prison officer at HMP Norwich

In the heart of picturesque Norfolk and just 2 miles from the vibrant cathedral city of Norwich, HMP Norwich is a training and resettlement prison, plus a youth offending institution (YOI) accommodating 750 adult male offenders.

Comprising 3 adjacent but separate sites, it has: a reception unit for new prisoners, a training facility for category B and C prisoners, and an open resettlement wing for category D prisoners.

Watch our video to hear from HMP Norwich prison officers what their job is like.

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Inside HMP Norwich

To reduce their risk of reoffending when they return to their communities, prisoners at HMP Norwich engage in purposeful activities. The prison delivers these in partnership with a range of education, physical and mental health organisations.

Through the dedicated onsite unit, prisoners have access to a range of education opportunities including:

• basic skills (literacy and numeracy)
• key work skills
• social and life skills
• IT
• vocational courses such as basic food hygiene, health and safety and painting and decorating

HMP Norwich has 3 gyms which provide prisoners with opportunities to gain accredited gym instructor qualifications.

The prison also has links with a number of commercial organisations that offer prisoners work and an opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications in onsite workshops. These include printing, textiles and contract packing services.

With a focus on offenders’ psychosocial wellbeing, partner agency Phoenix Futures provides assessment and therapeutic support for men with drug and alcohol problems.

Working at HMP Norwich

As an employee of HMP Norwich, you’ll have access to a range of facilities and employee benefits including:

• free onsite parking
• use of free, onsite gym facilities
• excellent training and career progression pathways

A word from the Governor


Prison officer benefits

Working as a prison officer comes with a range of attractive benefits, including:

• 25 days’ annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
• Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
• generous maternity leave cover
• cycle to work scheme and travel loans
• tenancy loan agreements
• access to keyworker housing schemes
• employee assistance programmes.

Transport links

With good road links, HMPNorwich is just 2 miles outside Norwich and there is ample onsite parking for staff. The prison is a 30 minute drive from Great Yarmouth and just over an hour from King’s Lynn.

HMP/YOI Norwich also has good public transport links: trains run regularly into Norwich station and a number of buses run from the city centre to the prison. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Norwich.

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Take your next step to a rewarding career and start your prison officer application today.

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