Prison instructor apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
You'll need, or be prepared to work towards, a Level 3 vocational qualification in your subject area or trade.
You may find it useful to do qualifications in assessment, like the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.
You may need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
Prison instructor apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to teach learners how to do something
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
- customer service skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- pass enhanced background checks
- meet the usual Prison Service entry requirements, which include nationality and security checks
Prison instructor apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties, you could:
- act as a role model for prisoners
- introduce new prisoners to the workshop health and safety rules
- update prisoners' learning and attendance records
- support prisoners working towards qualifications
- monitor discipline and behaviour
- search prisoners using 'rub down" or "pat down" method
- keep the workshop area and tools safe and in working order
- maintain stocks of equipment and materials
You could work in a prison.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and physically and emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression - Prison instructor apprenticeships
You could move up to industries manager or other management roles within the prison service.
You could change to other areas of training or instructing.