specialist Production Instructors

Teach a trade. Build a future.

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probations Service (HMPPS) is looking for Specialist Production Instructors to run our on-site prison workshops. This is a vital role in the prison service, engaging offenders in constructive activity, teaching them skills for life, so they can find employment on release.

Engineering activities

Workshops produce a range of products, from sheet metal work to heavier engineering.  The workshop will always have a number of products in different stages of production. Products include everything from prison doors and post boxes, to packaging for MOD, to bespoke commissions for private companies.


Workshops are safe and clean with modern CAD programmes for rendering project drawings, welding and planers. The-up-to-date equipment includes a paint line, CNC punching, break pressing, guillotines and welding equipment.

Join the team

As a specialist production instructor, you will guide offenders to take a job from drawing to completion, managing costs and quality throughout the build. You will work to match offenders’ abilities to the tasks and help them develop, including earning qualifications for employment.

Depending on the prison to which you are applying for, these roles include:

  • Engineering Aluminium Windows Double Glazing
  • Engineering Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Engineering Machining
  • Engineering Powder Coating Systems
  • Engineering Sheet Metal Work
  • Engineering Welding and Fabrication


As a specialist production instructor (Band 4) your role is to supervise offenders and their work to ensure orders are met and safety and standards are maintained.


  • Ensure engineered goods are produced to the highest quality, meeting specification.

  • Make sure workshop outputs are produced at the right time, while maintaining safety at all times.

  • You will help to select and train offenders for engineering duties. This requires clear communication skills and ability to develop an understanding of what skills those in your charge have, and deploy them accordingly.

  • Your responsibilities can involve keeping training records up to date, monitoring work, assessing vocational qualifications and carrying out pat-down searches if needed.


Pay & Benefits


A small number of posts may require shift pattern working. In these cases, an additional 17% payment will be made. Please refer to the job adverts for further details.


Of Up To 20% Of Your Salary
As Part Of The Civil Service Pension Scheme


Paid Annual Leave
Rising To 30 Days After 10 Years Of Service


Standard Working Week
With Extra Pay For Unsocial Hours If Applicable


Childcare Vouchers, Cycle To Work, Travel Loans
And Lots More

What you need to apply

To work in a prison you need:

  • To be at least 18 years on employment
  • The right to work in the UK
  • To confidently communicate in fluent English or Welsh (if based in Wales)

Qualifications and experience


    • Ideally you will have relevant vocational qualifications.
    • We expect you to be familiar with different specialisms within engineering, from CNC punching/lathes and VMC, to MIG and TIG fabrications.
    • Technical familiarity with engineering specialisms including the ability to read drawings and turn these into clear instructions.
    • You will need experience of supervising an untrained workforce, with strong communications, persuasion and influencing skills
    • You will have a good knowledge of managing orders and supervising quality output
    • You will be familiar with engineering workshop safety practices

Tips for applying

You will need to provide a CV and a number of short written statements in your application. You will be required to provide your CV in an anonymised format known as “name blind” which will help us recruit based on your knowledge and your skills rather than your background, gender or ethnicity. This is to ensure the process is fair and irrelevant information is not taken into account during the selection process. Make sure your CV includes details of any relevant qualifications and experience.

You will need to answer questions which outline your past experience. You’ll need to tell us about any previous roles or, if a recent college leaver, your college experience.




Working For HM Prison & Probation Service

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS), created in April 2017, oversees 121 prisons and employs over 42,000 staff across England and Wales. You will be working for an organisation that rewards performance, invests in your career development and cares about your well being both inside and outside of work.

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