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.

Textiles activities

Workshops produce a range of products, from clothing to bedding to garment manufacture.  The workshop will always have a number of products in different stages of production. Products include everything from jackets, sweatshirts and curtains, manufacturing around two million products per year for the internal market. We also manufacture for the MOD and a small amount of commercial work.

All workshops are self-contained, carrying out all processes used in garment manufacture, from cutting, sewing (using industrial machinery), inspecting, pressing and packing. All workshops run a QA system with some select workshops being accredited to IOS9002.

Join the team

As a textiles specialist production instructor, you will guide offenders in using industrial machinery to completion, inspecting costs and quality throughout the production line. You will supervise and train offenders in all aspects of garment manufacture, match offenders’ abilities to the tasks and help them develop, including earning qualifications for employment increasing their chance of employment on release.

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

  • Textiles Garment Manufacturer
  • Textiles Sewing Machine Repair
  • Textiles Upholsterer
  • Textiles Footwear


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 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 textiles 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


  • The job holder will have or be willing to work towards a level 3 Qualification in their specialism or have the equivalent experience.
  • May be a qualified NVQ assessor.

    In addition, you must have the following experience:

    • Have relevant work experience in a production environment
    • Have some supervisory experience
    • Have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment
    • For footwear – need to have an understanding of footwear construction

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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