Support Services Operations: Operational Support Grade General
Business Unit: Berwyn
Band: Band 2
HMP Berwyn, the new 2106 bed prison, currently under construction in Wrexham, will be the largest prison in the UK and the first to be built in North Wales. It is envisaged that it will bring around 1,000 jobs and £23 million a year to the regional economy. The prison will be run by the public sector with 34% of service provision outsourced, including the running of the large industrial workshop complex. In line with NOMS in Wales’ mission to spearhead integration across the whole of the offender journey the operation of the prison will bring together the contributions of the public, voluntary and private sectors to support the reduction of reoffending and offender rehabilitation.
Job holders within this Group Profile will carry out a range of activities across key areas to support efficient running of the establishment. They will also be flexibly deployed to provide a range of other support service activities within operational areas of an establishment when required.
All of the competencies in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Competency and Qualities Framework are relevant to this group profile. For the purpose of selection the following competencies will be measured:- Leading and Communicating
– Collaborating and Partnering
– Managing a Quality Service
– Achieving a Safe and Secure Environment
-Required to undertake a 2 week OSG induction course
Must hold a valid driving licence if there will be a local requirement to drive vehicles. Driving and navigating is an appropriate OSG duty as defined in PSI42/1997, Operational Support Grade: Schedule 3.
Salary, Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s, including NOMS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.
£15,009 to £16,075
NOMS Staff on closed pay structures only:
Additional Conditioned Hours Pensionable (ACHP)
Staff moving from a closed 39 hour pay structure will be eligible for the two protected pensionable additional committed hours (ACHP). They will work a 39 hour week consisting of the standard 37 hour week and a further 2 additional hours (ACHP) paid at plain time pensionable rate.
Unsocial Hours Working
This role requires working regular unsocial hours and a 17% payment will be paid in addition to your basic pay to recognise this. Unsocial hours are those hours outside 0700 – 1900hrs Monday to Friday and include working evening, nights, weekends and Bank / Public holidays.
-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.
Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays
-You are entitled to 9 Days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment
-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
Work Life Balance
-The Prison Service is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. The Prison Service offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ
Season ticket advance
-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work
-The Prison Service offers a childcare vouchers scheme. The scheme enables staff to take part of their salary in the form of Childcare Vouchers. This is known as a Salary Sacrifice. The vouchers can then be used to help meet the costs of any form of registered or approved childcare for children aged 0-16. The vouchers are exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions
-The Prison Service is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes
-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and the Prison Service provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts
-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles
All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post
-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within NOMS
-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which the Prison Service considers to be racist
Civil Service Code
The Civil Service Code, first published in 1996, sets out the core Civil Service values and the standards of behaviour expected of all civil servants in upholding these values.
• Integrity – putting the obligations of public service above personal interests.
• Honesty – being truthful and open.
• Objectivity – basing advice and decisions on rigorous analysis of the evidence.
• Impartiality – acting solely according to the merits of the case and serving governments of different political parties equally well.
To review the Civil Service Code visit: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/values