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Advance Into Justice - Fast Track Prison Officer Recruitment

Category: Recruitment

Advance Into Justice - Fast Track Prison Officer Recruitment If you're a Service leaver or Armed Forces veteran, then we know you possess a wide range of transferable skills that are a great match for Prison Officer roles. Available across 50 prisons, 'Advance into Justice' is a bespoke recruitment scheme that provides an opportunity for ex-military personnel to fast-track into a second career where you can continue to protect the public.

Much shorter than our standard Prison Officer recruitment process, 'Advance into Justice' could see you fast-track from application to employment and Prison Officer paid training. Better yet, depending on individual circumstances, you could be booked onto a Prison Officer (POELT) training course in as little as 4-6 weeks! Plus, you can agree a mutually convenient start date for after you've left the Armed Forces if you're still in your transition period.

Am I eligible for the scheme?

Advance into Justice is open to:
  • Service leavers in their last 12 months’ of service;
  • Armed Forces veterans who are currently unemployed or not in full-time employment*, having spent at least a year in service as a regular or reserve in her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and who left service within the last five years.
*Working part-time or on a zero hours’ contract are considered as ‘not in full-time employment.’

What are the benefits?

Advance into Justice offers:

  • An opportunity to defer your start date for up to 12 months from the assessment day if you’re still in your transition period.
  • A two-year fixed-term contract, with an opportunity to move to a permanent role after one year.
  • Fast-track access to your paid Prison Officer training.
  • To support your resettlement, generous home-to-work travel expenses if you live within 75 minutes of the prison you’ll be working at, or up to £12k relocation expenses if you live more than 75 minutes away.
  • Access to a range of support networks and a ‘buddy’ when you first start in post.

All this, plus a range of attractive Civil Service benefits, ongoing training, and career progression opportunities.

The process

Successful candidates will not compete through open competition but will instead be offered a two-year fixed-term contract as an apprentice utilising Civil Service Commission Exception provisions, with the option to convert to permanency after 12 months.



It will be a fast-track recruitment process taking the following steps:

Applicants will not be required to complete the standard online assessments and will instead be invited to a webinar, which will brief them on the role of a Prison Officer. They will then be invited to the assessment centre.

The assessment centre will mirror that used for external Prison Officer applications, although all assessments, including medical and fitness, will be completed on the day. All candidates will be informed of their results on the day and will then begin the on-boarding process.

How to apply

The ‘Advance into Justice’ application will be live from 24th January 2022 and the list of prisons included in the scheme will be published at the same time.

To register your interest or apply for one of our ‘Advance into Justice’ Prison Officer roles, please visit the CTP’s online job portal, RightJob and click through to our website.

If you have any questions on the scheme, please refer to our frequently asked questions or contact our team at [email protected]