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How to apply

The application process

  1. Start by finding a suitable vacancy. If you can’t see a suitable vacancy, register your interest and we’ll notify you as new vacancies open.
  2. Simply complete a short online application form.
  3. If you pass the application form stage, we’ll invite you to an interview and send some top tips to help you prepare

We’ll do our best to ensure the process is as quick as possible and we’ll keep you updated at every stage of your application journey.

Find your Community Payback job

Want to be part of a diverse team, making an impact? Our Community Payback roles are done by people just like you.

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Tips for applying

Applying for any job can be difficult. We’ve put together some tips to help you:

  • do your research – find out about the Probation Service and familiarise yourself with our work
  • read the job profile and pay particular attention to the job purpose and the skills needed – show how your abilities match what we’re looking for
  • tailor your answers to meet the specific requirements outlined in the job description, rather than copying and pasting from another application
  • think about how you can demonstrate, from your past experiences, that you have the qualities needed to work in Community Payback – such as collaborating with others or meeting difficult deadlines
  • after you list your formal qualifications and experience, you can provide details of any other relevant training or experience you have had – make sure to explain why these will help you in a Community Payback role
  • check and check again – use a spell checker, get a friend to read your application and give yourself time to proofread and edit your application
  • plagiarised applications will not be progressed

Learn more about the Success Profiles recruitment framework (GOV.UK, opens in a new tab) we use as part of the application process.

Join our webinar

Find out more about Community Payback through our upcoming webinars This session provide valuable information about the roles, feature insights from current staff, and offer practical tips for completing your application. Register your attendance below.

Can’t find a vacancy open in your area?

Simply register your interest and we’ll let you know when new Community Payback vacancies become available.

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