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“Overseeing the custody of prisoners and detainees in a variety of settings, including prisons and detention centres”

Custodial care services play a crucial part in the day-to-day running of the justice system. At the intermediate level, you’ll support prison officers on the operational line dealing with members of the public, visitors to the establishment and prisoners. If you opt for the advanced apprenticeship, you’ll work as an officer in prisons, as a detention officer in an immigration or detention centre, or as an escort custody officer looking after the security and welfare of adults, children and young people. Both levels will see you carrying out some administration, completing forms, writing reports and liaising with colleagues, and management of incidents. You may be required to work nights, weekends and bank holidays and most employers will carry out appropriate security checks. Certain restrictions may apply, such as a minimum age requirement of 18 for prison officers.

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: PE

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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