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Prison Employability Lead Wolverhampton, Birmingham £35,944.35

Prison Employability Lead

Location: Wolverhampton, Birmingham |
Salary: £35,944.35 |
Posted: 22 Jun 2022 |
Closes: 6 Jul 2022 |
Job Type: Full Time and Permanent |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 12012

Role Responsibility:

Prison Employability Lead

G4S Care & Rehabilitation Services

HMP Oakwood, Wolverhampton, WV10 7QD

Salary £35,944.35 per annum

Permanent, Full Time, 40 hours per week

Benefits:  Company Pension, free on-site parking, on-site canteen, local Gym discounts, ongoing training and development and access to High Street Shop discounts.

HMP Oakwood is an innovative prison which has been highlighted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons as an “Impressive institution, with a culture of decency and respect. Driven by courageous leadership, excellent peer-led initiatives and outstanding management of learning and skills provisions”.

Within Care and Rehabilitation Services, the philosophy of our prisons is to rehabilitate offenders and equip them to re-integrate into mainstream society on release. We seek to normalise prison conditions as far as possible to reflect life in the outside community. Our aim is to create an environment in which staff and prisoners feel safe and causes of prison stress are minimised. Central to our philosophy is the relationship between staff and prisoners. Our training and operational practices emphasise the need to treat prisoners with dignity and respect and G4S staff build positive and supportive relationships with the prisoners in their care. HMP Oakwood is one of the largest prisons in England and Wales, providing places for up to approximately 2100 Category C male prisoners.

We now have an opportunity for a Prison Employability Lead to join our team at HMP Oakwood.

Job Outline:  The primary function of the Prison Employment Lead (PEL) is to lead on the construction of an end to end Prison Employment pathway, which starts to promote the very real prospect of employment on release to prisoners from the beginning of their journey through the establishment. The Prison Employment Lead will principally be responsible for:

  • Identifying work ready candidates.
  •  Prioritising actions and services needed to ensure prisoners achieve work readiness.
  • Matching work ready candidates to suitable vacancies supplied by the New Futures Network and other employment stakeholders within the prison estate. The role will be establishment based with the expectation that post holders will travel as and when required. This is a non-operational post. The post holder will have line management responsibilities for the Business Admin for I.D and Bank Accounts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage with stakeholders within the prison to establish a system that identifies work ready prisoners and highlights actions needed to support prisoners to achieve work readiness.
  • Work with prison staff and stakeholders to match work ready candidates to job opportunities brokered on behalf of the prison by the New Futures Network and other employment agencies.
  • Support contracted IAG and Education providers to ensure the prison induction process properly: (i) promotes employment, education, and skills training opportunities to prisoners upon arrival at the prison (ii) Effectively captures information relating to prisoner education, work experience and skills (iii) encourages prisoners to develop personal and social skills that improve employability
  • Manage an Employment Hub which centralises employment support services within the prison and promotes live vacancies to prison leavers within the resettlement period.
  • Track any vacancies as part of central reporting
  • Champion innovations in employment and industry focused recruitment practices, such as hospitality/construction drives etc.
  • Work in partnership with the Prison’s Strategic Employment Advisory Boards to improve systems that support prisoners to develop employability, ensuring they meet commercial needs/standards of employers.
  • Organise regular opportunities for NFN and other stakeholders to bring employers into the prison and facilitate prisoner forums.
  • Work in partnership with Community Offender Management (COM) to ensure prison leaver information is supplied to relevant agencies post release in order to reduce duplication.
  • Liaise with COM to ensure prison leavers who require further support on release are signposted to Education, Training and Employment CRS who can continue to support them on their journey towards meaningful, sustained employment.
  • Lead by example in the promotion of creating a positive Health & Safety culture across the site leading by example, this includes reporting accidents and near misses in a timely manner & follow the applicable safe systems of work for the role.

The duties and responsibilities listed within this job description are not exhaustive and the job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary from time to time.


The Ideal Candidate:

Desirable Skills:

  • Previous experience of recruitment
  • Thorough understanding of OMiC/Resettlement services.
  • Report writing skills

If you join us, you can be sure that you’ll find a secure, friendly and professional working environment and be given all the support, training and encouragement you need to build and develop a successful career with us.

For more information about HMP Oakwood please visit https://hmpoakwood.co.uk/

Equality and Diversity is an important part of G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and are a fully inclusive employer who aims to support all employees to be their true selves. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments for either the role or during the recruitment process

G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and adults at risk and each employee is expected to support these goals.

Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 5 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Secretary of State for the Home Office and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. 

You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 5 years as part of the security screening process for this role.


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