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.

Waste management activities

Specialist Production Instructors carry out a full range of day-to-day activities within the Waste Management unit, giving instruction and training to offenders on all waste management activities including the safe use of machinery and equipment.

We care about protecting the environment as well as protecting the public. As a waste manager you’ll be responsible for ensuring prison waste is dealt with sustainably while also helping offenders learn new skills and gain professional qualifications for the future.

Join the team

As a specialist production instructor, you will work to match offenders’ abilities to the tasks and help them develop, including earning qualifications for employment.

Waste Management role:

Band 4 SPI Waste Environmental


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.

  • Collect, process and dispose of waste materials from all areas of the establishment in the most appropriate and effective way, with regard to legislative compliance and environmental issues.

  • Liaise with contractors when ordering services, including skip collection.

  • Provide general advice and guidance to staff on how to manage waste more effectively and actively promote recycling within the establishment.

  • Carry out insect control measures within work area.

  • Actively contribute to recycling / waste efficiency meetings and Sustainable Development Committee Meetings.

  • You will help to select and train offenders for waste management 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


    • Must have relevant work experience in a waste management environment
    • Should have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment
    • Preferable for candidate to have some supervisory experience
    • Currently hold or be prepared to work towards Level 3 or equivalent in Waste related subject
    • Staff can work towards or hold a Chartered Institution of Wastes Management waste awareness certificate, WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board) qualification, or similar
    • Must attend and pass the HMPS 'Waste management for Supervisors course' within 2 years of appointment
    • May be required to be a qualified assessor

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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