Probation services officer apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You may find it helps your application if you take a college course, like:
- a diploma in public services
- a qualification in youth and community work
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You may be able to do a probation services practitioner Level 3 apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship typically takes 18 months to complete. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You could apply directly for job vacancies with probation services. You'll need:
You can get experience through volunteering
- experience of working with vulnerable people or people who have challenging behaviour
- a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
or paid work, or by contacting your local community rehabilitation company for opportunities.
If you're successful with your application, you'll train on the job. You'll do the Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice during your first 12 months to qualify as a probation services officer.
Probation services officer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of public safety and security
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- leadership skills
- to be flexible and open to change
- thinking and reasoning 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
Probation services officer apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you could:
- gather information and interview offenders
- assess the risk an offender may pose to the public
- prepare court reports
- deliver individual or group programmes to challenge offending behaviour
- help clients get work or training, housing, or drug and alcohol treatment
- arrange and supervise community work placements for offenders
- supervise residents living in approved accommodation
- support victims of crime
- give education or employment support to prisoners in the community or before their release
- work with other agencies like the police, drug and alcohol services, social services, and health organisations
You could work in a prison, in a court, in the community or in an office.
Career path and progression - Probation services officer apprenticeships
With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, or train as a probation officer.