Probation Service recruitment drive seeks trainee probation officers

The National Probation Service is aiming to hire 560 new trainee probation officers as part of a recruitment drive across England and Wales.

New entrants into the two-year training programme will become offender managers responsible for the supervision of convicted offenders, either on community sentences or on release from prison.

Gerry Sutcliffe, Home Office minister responsible for the Probation Service, said: “Probation training will provide the assessment skills and a firm grasp of the activities that can begin to get offenders to change their attitudes, get them off drugs or alcohol dependency or into employment.”

The officers are being recruited through national press advertisements, starting this week.

The National Probation Service currently employs 21,000 staff, of whom 8,250 are probation officers.

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