Specialist Production Instructor

Teach a trade. Build a future.

HMP Coldingley is looking for specialist production instructors to run our on-site engineering workshop. This is an important job, engaging offenders in constructive activity, teaching them skills so they can find employment on release.

In 2018 our workshop turned over £700,000 worth of orders, producing goods for the prison estate, other government departments and commercial businesses.

What we make

The workshop produces 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. Right now, we are working on everything from prison doors and post boxes, to packaging for MOD, to bee hives for a private company.


The workshop is safe and clean and has 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.


the team

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

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What is our workshop like?



As a specialist production instructor (Band 4) your job 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.

Typically the hours will be 8am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 12pm on Fridays.

“We have had offenders learn skills that enable them to completely turn their lives around – one recently joined Ford, to use the skills learned here. Instructional officers have a hugely important role”

Alan Chapman, Head of Industries
HMP Coldingley


Pay & Benefits

£23,501 - £26,138


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


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
  • Fluent English (or Welsh if specified)


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



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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