Probation Service recruits in Dorset

The Probation Service is recruiting in Dorset and you could win up to £30,000.

Applications close tomorrow (August 29), but the service is looking to hear from candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Trainee probation officers can work full-time or part-time, with the qualification process being a mix of theory and practical work.

It takes 15 or 21 months to become fully qualified – depending on previous experience.

Experience working with people who experience difficulties and display difficult behavior would be an advantage for the role.

Probation officer Martin Peterson, 57, in Weymouth, mentors trainee probation officers as part of his role.

He said: “I have been in the service for over 18 years, having first joined after losing interest in my corporate career. I enjoy working and meeting different people and this is a key part of my job as a probation officer.

“A typical day involves driving through the beautiful North Dorset countryside and meeting offenders to see how I can support their rehabilitation. I also help new recruits with their case work and advise them on how to work with multiple agencies.

“I would definitely recommend the role to anyone considering it, whether they’re straight out of college or, like me, looking for a rewarding new career.” I have found that my communication, project management and evaluation skills, developed during my corporate career, have been essential in my role as a probation officer. I would recommend anyone to look at their skills rather than their experiences, and that may be what a probation officer is.

“It’s not always an easy role, talking and working with people who have committed a series of crimes. However, the team here is fantastic, incredibly knowledgeable, and they always have your back.

To apply you need a Level 5 qualification in any subject – this can be a Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Higher Education Diploma, Higher Learning or equivalent qualification.

If you don’t have a degree or relevant experience, the probation service also recruits for a range of other roles and seeks people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

A Probation Service spokesperson said: ‘By investing in your future, you could transform countless lives.

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