The service says it is seeing people use their experience in other sectors including education, retail and hospitality which can add value to the roles being offered within the Probation Service.
Lyndon Woods, a 55-year-old probation services officer from Northolt said: “I have an interest in human behaviour. I’ve always enjoyed working with people and making a difference and I was looking for a change in career. Prior to this job I worked for a church for six years and before that I worked in a school, with the common thread being in a role with the ability to help people.”
Mr Woods added: “I was working as a support co-ordinator in supported accommodation for ex-offenders when the opportunity came up and it felt natural to progress to working within the Probation Service. It is hard work, but it is rewarding. Let your motivation – whether that is helping people or progression – be your drive and make a change to your career today!”
According to HMPPS, the Probation Service works with over 230,000 people on probation and has a wide range of roles to be filled including trainee probation officers, case administrators and probation service officers.
It is also looking for more people from diverse community backgrounds which has seen growth from 16% of staff from BAME to 17% in 2022. In a statement it said: “MPPS is continuing to build on this work to attract a wave of recruits who are even more representative of the community they serve.”
A website with more information on the roles and opportunities is here.