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Roles at HM Prison and Probation Service

An extraordinary job. Done by someone like you.

There are many different roles available with different experience and qualifications needed. For some roles, you do not need any qualifications. Personal qualities are more important. In all our jobs, you’ll get support and training at every step.

Jobs in the Prison Service

Operational support grade (OSG)

Support the daily running of a prison with a variety of tasks.

Prison caterer

Use your catering qualifications and skills to feed an entire prison.

Prison education, skills and work

Help prisoners learn new skills in our workshops and increase their chances of finding a job after prison.

Prison officer

Create a safe environment where prisoners can focus on rehabilitation.


Assess risk and treat behaviour to support the rehabilitation of offenders.

Jobs in the Probation Service

Approved premises – residential workers

Assist in the wellbeing and supervision of residents in our approved premises, providing 24-hour cover.

Case administrator

Use your great organisational and communication skills to support probation colleagues.

Community Payback

Support people on probation to make improvements to local communities.

Probation officer

Advise courts on sentencing and supervise and support people given community and prison sentences to reduce reoffending.

Probation services officer

Settle lower risk offenders into the community as your first step to being a probation officer.

Jobs in the Youth Custody Service

Youth justice worker

Help 12 to 18 year olds in custody learn new skills for a better future.