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Operational Support Grade

Operational support grade, HMP Erlestoke, Full time, long term temporary

Your new company
As the sole agency supplier to the HM Prison Service for the provision of security & support operatives, Hays is seeking to recruit Operational Support Grades (OSGs) for HMP Erlestoke. HMP Erlestoke is based in Devizes and is a Category C Male prison.

Your new role

You will be working as part of the operational team within the Prison Site, Devizes. Duties include and are not limited to:

  • Checking in visitors
  • Supervision of visitors
  • Patrolling Perimeter and grounds
  • Escorting contractors & vehicles
  • Supervising small selected prisoner work parties
  • Searching Buildings
  • Searching prisoners property
  • Stores duties
  • Routine administrative work
  • Night patrol duties
  • Canteen and kit exchange duties
  • Emergency Control Room (ECR) and Communications Room
  • Rub down searching of prisoners

The job role is for a Security Officer to work Monday to Sunday on a shift rotational pattern, which would be every other weekend, and 1 week of nights once every 6 weeks followed by a rest week. This is a full time position on a long term temporary basis with the opportunity to apply for a permanent role within the prison service. The rates of pay range from £9.20- £13.81 per hour (depending of the shift) and are all inclusive of holiday, which will increase to a flat rate of £11.11 (premium) per hour for all working hours on completion of your 12-week probationary period.

What you'll need to succeed
The successful applicant does not require any experience as full training is provided, however a military or security background would be beneficial but not necessary. The ideal worker must drive and have transport as public transport is very limited in this area.

All applicants will be subject to the HM Prison Service Security Clearance procedure which can take up to 4 weeks, this can include a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. You must hold a Valid Passport or Birth Certificate & Photo Driving Licence in your current address. All applicants must be able to provide details of 2 satisfactory references, at least one from an ex-employer.

What you'll get in return
A competitive rate of pay and the opportunity to go permanent within the prison service.

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
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£9.20 - £13.80 per hour



0117 927 5474

Operational Support Grade

Devizes SN10, UK

Published on 2 Sep 2019