Prisoner Custody Officer (PCO)

Job Title: Prisoner Custody Officer (PCO)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: West Calder
Salary: £22,700 rising to £23,312 after 12 months following successful probation and assessment of skills.
Start Date: 2019-05-31 00:00:00
Reference: SDX/TP/RF3085/KP
Contact Name: Lucy Mellor
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 24, 2019 08:49

Job Description

If you want to make a real difference every day and help people change their lives for the better, this could be the career for you. As a Prison Custody Officer (PCO) at Sodexo, you’ll experience plenty of variety and enjoy seeing the small changes, as residents improve and progress. As part of this we’ll provide you with first class training to help you be the best you can be in this rewarding career.

At Sodexo Justice Services, we provide safe and innovative services that protect the public, challenge offending behaviour and help residents change their lives. Part of a group that has 35,000 employees across 2,000 locations in the UK and Ireland, we can offer you fantastic training and good career prospects. In return for working a weekly 40-hour shift pattern that includes evenings, weekends and bank holidays, we offer free meals, free parking, a pension and 28 days’ holiday.  You will also gain access to a huge range of discounts and benefits including 55% off cinema tickets.

Package description

£22,700 rising to £23,312 after 12 months following successful probation and assessment of skills.

Main responsibilities

Creating a safe and positive environment for all, your role will involve supporting a diverse range of residents with their rehabilitation, helping them to help themselves and break their cycle of reoffending. Part of a professional team that keeps our prison running smoothly, you will be expected to maintain the basic safety and security standards required within a prison environment. This includes supervising meals, escorting residents to education and recreational activities and always ensuring the health & safety of all on site.

Ideal candidate

Your attitude is all-important. If you’re responsible, reliable and honest, we can teach you the rest. Someone who always treats people fairly and with respect, you must be cool under pressure with the ability to stick to the rules, get things done and deal with challenging situations. Your eye for the little details will enable you to quickly spot things like changes in moods or if something isn’t quite right, so you can stop incidents before they happen. Dependable and straight talking with a consistent approach, you should also be true to your word and great at connecting with and building trust with all kinds of people.

Recruitment process:

Full completion of application form on Sodexo careers website by Tuesday 25th June 2019 (You must have completed the online security questionnaire and have a CV uploaded or your application will automatically be rejected)

A short fitness test will take place on either Thursday 27th June or Sunday 30th June. 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 will take place during the weeks commencing 8th and 15th July 2019

Start Date of course: 2nd September (you must not have any holidays booked between 2nd September and 29th November 2019 due to the training course you must complete.)

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.

About the company

Sodexo Justice aims to change lives for the better by reducing reoffending and improving the quality of life for those under our supervision and in our care. We deliver safe, effective and innovative custodial and community rehabilitation services that challenge offending behaviour, protect the public and offer individuals the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We deliver the total operation of five prisons within the UK and own six Community Rehabilitation Companies in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

Please note all roles within Sodexo Justice are subject to security and recruitment checks which may include a Social Media Check. You will also be asked to provide 3 years’ worth of references and request employment history details from the HMRC.

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