We’re an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. We offer an excellent range of staff benefits including flexible working, 27 days holiday to start with, defined contribution pension scheme and a staff discount scheme.
Our structured training programmes help staff develop their skills, learn from each other and increase their confidence so they can be successful in their roles. We support and train staff through seminars, workshops and coaching sessions.
Joining the CRC can be a challenging but extremely rewarding career. If you’re interested in helping people move away from crime and improve their lives, while making communities safer, then a career in probation might be for you. There are a number of different roles within the CRC, which include:
This role involves supervising people who’ve received a court order or licence after leaving prison – and ensuring they keep to the terms of the order or licence. Probation officers also provide support to offenders through a variety of rehabilitation activities.
Entry requirements: You'll need a level 5 qualification such as a foundation degree, degree or higher apprenticeship experience of working with people who have challenging behaviour (either through voluntary work or paid employment). Or, you could start out as a Probation Services Officer (see below) and do the in-house vocational level 4 Diploma in Probation Practice (or equivalent).
Probation Services Officer
These officers have a range of responsibilities including supervising individuals who’ve received a court order or licence after leaving prison, as well as running group programmes aimed at changing offender behaviour.
Entry requirements: You’ll need experience of working with people with challenging behaviour. You can get this through voluntary work or paid employment. Although it's not essential, a lot of people who apply for this role have a level 3 vocational qualification like the Public Services Diploma or an NVQ in Community Justice, or A levels.
Administrative and team support staff
The administrative and support worker carries out a range of duties that support a team or manager by creating reports and other paperwork, inputting and extracting data from a computerised system and arranging meetings.
Community Payback Supervisor
These supervisors play an important role in Community Payback (unpaid work) projects by making sure service users turn up for work and carry out a high standard of work. They also help service users develop practical skills and knowledge.
We also recruit volunteers to act as role models for service users, helping them to gain confidence and achieve their goals. As a volunteer, you could make a significant difference to someone’s life and help them to stop committing crime in the future. You wouldn’t be expected to do tasks where professional training is required, and you’d only work with service users who’ve been fully risk assessed and considered suitable to work with you.
The role might involve helping people with practical tasks such as registering with a GP, applying for jobs, cooking healthy meals, encouraging sports and activities or looking for training opportunities.
No formal qualifications are needed to become a volunteer, although there are some skills you’ll need such as a positive attitude, having a belief that people can change, understanding confidentiality and being able to work as part of a team.
Ask your probation worker for more information.