graduate scheme
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Leadership Programme

Job description

Unlocked Graduates is a two year programme that is putting brilliant career changers and graduates at the heart of prison reform. At the moment, nearly half of all prisoners re-offend within a year of release, creating yet more victims, causing untold damage, and costing the UK more than £18bn.

Our solution is a unique leadership programme where participants work as frontline prison officers while completing a fully-funded master’s degree in leadership.

The Unlocked officers support prisoners to turn their lives around, lead system change and develop the skills to excel no matter where they go in the future.

What will you be doing?

You will work as frontline prison officer, supporting men and women to turn their lives around whilst also leading system reform.

The role of an Unlocked prison officer means being an advocate, negotiator, diplomat and leader all at the same time – and understanding how changes on the inside can yield life-changing progress on the outside. The role offers a chance to develop skills in leadership, communication, relationship-building, decision-making and resilience – all of which are valuable in a wide range of working environments.

During the two-year programme, you will receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced prison officer and have the opportunity to complete a work placement with a wide range of fascinating organisations. From KPMG and PA Consulting to the Ministry of Justice and the African Prisons Project.

As part of the programme, you get the chance to complete a fully funded Master’s degree that is designed to give you a deeper, academic understanding of the issues affecting the criminal justice system that you can apply on the landings as you seek to drive real change both in your prison and at a system level.

Key benefits

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Fully-funded Master’s degree

What happens after the programme finishes?

Following the two-year programme you're free to decide whether to stay or leave the prison system. Either way, we'll continue to support your development as part of a growing network of change-making alumni putting their new skills into action. Being a prison officer is about so much more than locking up, and with Unlocked Graduates, it can really open doors.

What we are looking for

The programme is demanding and you will need a special combination of attributes and skills both to gain entry to the programme and to be successful in the role.

We would love to hear from you if you are a recent graduate ready to unlock your potential or an ambitious career changer looking to take your career in another direction.

You will have:

  • A resilient attitude
  • An ambitious problem solving attitude
  • Good negotiation skills


A 2:1 degree in any discipline

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

North West England
South East England
South West England
West Midlands

(salary depending on location)

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


  • Times Top 100 Graduate Employer

How to apply

The first stage involves a simple application form where we ask for your details and a few questions regarding your motivations for applying for the role. If you are successful, you will be invited to take part in an online video interview and the final stage is a half-day assessment centre.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 January 2020

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Closing date:  31 January 2020

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