Prisoner Custody Officer (PCO)

  • Sodexo
  • Lanark, Lanarkshire
  • Mar 14, 2020
Full time

Job Description

Job Introduction

We're looking for people who will be a natural fit for the job. Background and experience are not important. It's the kind of person you are that matters. We can teach you the rest.

Are you responsible, reliable and good at building trust with others?

Are you the sort of person who:

Is reliable, true to your word and can always be depended on to get things done? Always treats others fairly and with respect? Are you able to see past bad behaviour and start each day afresh? Is quick to notice things, such as changes in people's moods or when something isn't quite right? Is consistent - people know where they stand with you. Do you stick to the important rules (or if not you have very good reasons not to)? Can easily connect and talk to all sorts of people from different backgrounds on their level? Is straightforward and 'tell it as it is'? Helps others out including helping people find ways to help themselves? Keeps calm under pressure

Role Responsibility

What's the job like?

You might be working on a main wing with a team of other PCOs responsible for prisoners. Your role will involve everything from managing the regular prison routines, (locking & unlocking, supervising meals and recreation time to escorting people to prison work and education). You'll need to deal with the more challenging aspects of prison life such as abusive and violent behaviour. You'll be working with all sorts of prisoners including those on long sentences, people convicted of serious crime and vulnerable individuals.

Why be a PCO?

People enjoy it for many reasons. Some enjoy the variety and challenge of working with very different people and dealing with all sorts of issues. Others get a buzz from seeing the prisoners improve and progress (however small the changes).

Many PCOs appreciate the security and stability of the regular work routines. Others appreciate shift patterns, which allow them flexibility to carry out their responsibilities outside of work.

The Ideal Candidate

No previous experience required

Our great PCOs come to us with all kinds of work and life experience. Some have worked in retail, healthcare, call centers and as taxi drivers. Others are ex-military, police and security services personnel. The work you've done before doesn't matter. What matters is that you're 'made of the right stuff' - the rest you will learn during our intensive 9 week training course and then in the job with the support of experienced colleagues.

Recruitment process:

Full completion of application form on Sodexo careers website by Tuesday 31st March 2020. (You must have completed the online security questionnaire and have a CV uploaded or your application will automatically be rejected) Fitness test : Tuesday 3rd March, Thursday 5th March and Sunday 8th March. This will involve completing a bleep test and the result does not mean you will not progress to interview as it will not be an automatic pass or fail. Face to face interviews: week commencing 16th March and w/c 23rd March Start Date of course: Monday 27th April 2020 (you must not have any holidays booked for the first 10 weeks due to the training course you must complete.) Please note: some applicants will be kept on a merit list for future posts at this site, we will keep you informed & updated during the recruitment process

If you are unable to attend any of the dates for fitness test, interview or have holidays during the training that cannot be cancelled, we will be unable to proceed with your application as no further dates will be available to rearrange your attendance.

If you have been interviewed for this role within the last 12 months, your application will not be proceeded with.

Please note: These dates are subject to change. initial communication will be via email, please monitor your junk and spam folders to ensure you are aware of next stage requirements.

Please note: we will be holding further fitness tests & interviews for additional training courses, dates to be confirmed

Package Description

The basic salary is

On commencement - £23,268 After 1 year & successful completion of probation and an assessment of skills - £23,895 On 2nd anniversary - £24,457 On 4th anniversary - £25,018

We give excellent benefits including free onsite parking, pension, 28 days holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) and access to a huge range of discounts and benefits including up to 55% off cinema tickets.

The working pattern is 40 hour shifts pattern, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays.