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.

Horticultural and biodiversity activities

Specialist Production Instructors carry out a full range of horticultural and biodiversity activities, giving instruction and training to offenders on all horticultural activities including the safe use of machinery and equipment.

This includes the day to day maintenance of the grounds, and conservation areas to a high horticultural standard incorporating ecology principles wherever possible. Harvesting and cultivating of the establishments gardens. Ensuring protected cropping is grown and harvested to the highest standards.


In some prisons this may include managing livestock within the establishment ensuring all daily animal husbandry tasks are carried out.

Join the team

As a specialist instructor, you will deliver and assess accredited vocational qualifications to offenders to help them develop, and earn qualifications for employment.

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

  • Amenity & Conservation Instructor
  • Commercial Horticulture
  • Livestock Control


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.

  • Maintain correct commercial horticultural and field-scale soil husbandry, ensuring all stages of crop development are followed in accordance with best horticultural practice.

  • Maintain the growing plants/crops to ensure the optimum plant growth development and cropping are fully met.

  • Maintain effective biological pest control measures and any necessary chemical crop protection programmes.

  • Ensure produce grown on-site is prepared and packaged appropriately for the catering department and comply with any relevant legislation/standards.

  • Carry out a full range of horticultural and biodiversity activities, giving instruction and training to offenders on all horticultural activities including the safe use of machinery and equipment.

  • You will help to select and train offenders for Land based 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
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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 or agree to work towards a Level 3 qualification in horticulture or equivalent qualification.
  • Knowledge of all relevant Health and Safety and Control of Substances Hazardous to health (COSHH) regulations Holding PA2 and PA6 pesticide qualifications would be an advantage
  • Currently hold or be prepared to work towards a recognised work place assessor qualification
  • For Livestock Control vacancies - Currently hold or be prepared to work towards Level Two Award in the Safe Use of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent and working knowledge of different types of livestock - animal husbandry and animal nutrition and have a good knowledge of cattle/animal breeding programmes.
  • You will need experience of supervising an untrained workforce, with strong communications, persuasion and influencing skills
  • Must hold a full current United Kingdom (UK) driving license.

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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