Salary: £26,595.25 per annum

Shift hours: Full Time

Sodexo are responsible for 5 prison sites across the UK and we regularly run campaigns recruiting dedicated Prison Custody Officers to join our growing teams.  These roles will be based in HMP Addiewell, West Lothian in Scotland.

Great Prison Custody Officers (PCOs) are the backbone to our business and play an important part in the smooth operation of our prison. Every PCO will play a key part in our resident’s lives be it on their rehabilitation journey or providing an ear to listen to them and offer support during their time in prison, as well as creating a positive and safe environment.

Background and experience are not important, it’s the kind of person you are that matters.  We can teach you the rest

  • Are you a dedicated person who is looking for a rewarding career?
  • Are you reliable and quick to notice things?
  • Do you treat people fairly and with respect?
  • If you experience a challenging situation, are you able to move forward and start again fresh?

These are all things that we look for and make the difference between a good and great PCO.

Flexible working/part-time will be considered after the 9 weeks full-time training has been completed

For more information on Sodexo Careers please visit Sodexo Careers and Careers in Justice

HMP Addiewell is for male residents only.  Your role will involve everything from managing the regular prison routines, (locking and unlocking, supervising medication, meals plus recreation time to escorting residents to prison work, education and on occasions to hospital or court) to one to one support work with your allocated residents.  One to one work will involve helping residents to settle into a new environment and feel safe and calm, working with them to identify and resolve issues and concerns, as well as supporting them through their sentence to engage in development and rehabilitation activity.

You’ll need to deal with the more challenging aspects of prison life such as abusive and violent behaviour – full training is given prior to starting to support with these situations.  A willingness to understand trauma and its impact on behaviour is also important.  You’ll be working with all sorts of residents including those on long sentences, short sentences, those convicted of serious crime and vulnerable individuals.  You will be liaising with all departments to help support our culture of decency and rehabilitation.

Why become a PCO?

There are many reasons this role could be the role for you, no two days are the same, the role is varied and offers a range of duties. Watching someone leave the facilities, equipped and ready to thrive and enjoy life again is rewarding and to know you have played a key part in their journey is special, even small improvements to someone’s life makes a difference.

What we need from you

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 on the job with the support of experienced colleagues.

As part of this role you will need to have a good level of English and Maths.  Report writing and numbers checks are part of parcel of the role.

We’re all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be natural, and be the best versions of themselves. We recognise that we’re on a journey with regards to diversity and inclusion and would therefore welcome applications for candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.

Reference: SDX/TP/3905352/SJS – RF8044

Location: HMP Addiewell, 9 Station Road, Addiewell, West Lothian, Scotland

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