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Prison governor

Prison governors manage prisons, remand centres and young offenders' institutions.

Potential salary
£47,500 to £75,500
Working hours
43 to 45 a week
  • business management skills
  • leadership skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As part of your day to day duties, you may:

  • manage prison security, standards and budgets
  • supervise prisoners and make inspections
  • support vulnerable prisoners and those at risk of self-harm
  • carry out disciplinary procedures
  • manage and motivate prison staff
  • update records and write reports
  • develop the prison to meet government targets, like the control of drugs
  • work with other professionals, such as medical staff, social workers and probation officers

You could work in a prison.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

With experience, you could work in a more secure prison or join HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

You could also work in the national headquarters of HMPPS.

Another option is to work within prison service colleges or training units around the UK.

You can find out more about working in prisons from Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service.

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