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HMP Ranby: Vocational Instructor: Industrial Cleaning

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Location : Retford
Salary : £ 24,619 - £ 27,381
Type : Permanent
Closing Date : 2021-05-20
Date Posted : 2021-05-09
Reference : 43595  

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Overview of the job

This is a non-operational instructional job in an establishment.


The job holder will be responsible for instructing and training prisoners by building effective, appropriate and supportive relationships through managing them in a proactive manner and promoting the decency agenda. Contributes to sentence planning and reducing reoffending. Applies safer custody practices and complies with national and local security standards. Responsible for high level of security, productivity, good order and hygiene within workshops areas.

This is a non-operational job with no line management responsibilities.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Deliver BICS training to prisoners to cover both the establishment’s needs and aspirations in working towards gaining industry recognised accreditations.
  • Participate in the selection process of prisoners for the workshop/area of work undertaking prisoner learning need assessments.
  • Induct prisoners to the workshop/area of work and train them in aspects such as Health and Safety, Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage.
  • Provide support for prisoners where required; tailor learning and training requirements to individual needs.
  • Maintain and update learner records including their Individual Learning Plan accordingly.
  • Assess and evaluate skills of prisoners including National Vocational Qualification levels 1 and 2 and other relevant industry recognised qualifications.
  • Liaise with Headquarters Learning and Skills staff where required.
  • Undertake the registration, supervision, monitoring, assessment and accreditation of learners in accordance with awarding body requirements.
  • Maintain awarding body quality standards and contribute towards internal and external verification as required.
  • Set learning aims and learning goals, reviewing and providing feedback on prisoner progress.
  • Provides support and advice on career opportunities for area of work.

Undertake other instructor tasks including:

  • Supervise and maintain discipline of prisoners receiving training, education or work experience. Responsible for performance, motivation, discipline, appraisal and development of prisoners.
  • Open and complete Assessment Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) forms, Violence Reduction Incident Reports (VRIR) and Security Information Reports (SIRs) when required and contribute to Incentive Earned Privileges (IEP) reports.
  • Log attendance and approve prisoner hours worked and wages including recording piece work for individual prisoners in certain workshops.
  • Carry out fabric checks of workshops and maintain security of lock, bolts and bars used in the workshop.
  • Contribute to prisoner reports including parole, sentence planning and Individual Learning Plan.
  • Complete regime monitoring information and update prisoner training records.
  • Log any tool/equipment faults, which require maintenance and repair of tools.
  • Conduct risk and health and safety assessments on consumables under Safer Custody guidelines.
  • Order materials and estimate usage in order to meet work learning targets.
  • Participate in self-audit and in achieving Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs).
  • Complete administration activities to support the smooth running of the workshop.
  • Open up individual learning paths for learner and keep them updated.
  • Locate individual learner’s literacy and numeracy levels for their initial assessment and support them in developing their skills further.
  • Advise and assist learners in seeking appropriate and relevant employment opportunities upon resettlement when possible.
  • Conduct roll checks of prisoners within the workshops.
  • Carry out workshop searches and ensure all tools, equipment and raw materials are safe, secure and properly accounted for.
  • Arrange maintenance and repair of tools and equipment.
  • Maintain regular communications via radio net in accordance with Local Security Strategy (LSS).
  • Supervise, manage and control prisoners decently, safely and securely whilst carrying out all activities.
  • Understand, apply and conform to national and local polices.
  • Establish, develop and maintain professional relationships with prisoners and staff.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings as required.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.


  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service

Essential Experience

  • Have knowledge of accreditation process including the Qualification and Credit Framework

Technical Requirements

  • Staff can work towards the essential qualification.
  • Be in possession of a British Institute of Cleaning Service BICS Assessor Certificate associated with the BICSc scheme/schemes being delivered i.e. Cleaning Operators Proficiency certificate COPC/ Food Premises Cleaning Certificate FPCC.
  • Be in possession of a British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Cleaning Operators Proficiency certificate for each of cleaning tasks being delivered.
  • Be in possession of or work towards within 6 months of taking up post a BICSc train the trainer certificate.

Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances

37 hour working week (standard).

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