Unlocked Graduate Programme
graduate scheme

Unlocked Graduate Programme

Unlocked Graduates
up to £30,064
London · South East England
Time left to apply
27 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

Unlocked is a unique two-year programme giving graduates the opportunity to become inspirational and influential leaders. Serving as a frontline prison officer, you’ll build these skills through a bespoke training programme as you work with prisoners to identify and implement actions and strategies that will help them break the cycle of reoffending. You will work towards a fully funded MSc and have the opportunity to contribute to and influence policy on prison reform.

Following an intensive six-week training programme you will serve as a front line prison officer in a prison in London or the South East. You will build skills and complete a bespoke master’s while working with prisoners to help them break the cycle of reoffending. Following the scheme you can either progress into careers in a wide variety of sectors where your experience will enable you to take positions of responsibility, or to remain with the prison sector and lead further change from the inside.

Company information

Unlocked Graduates identifies brilliant people to work in one of the most demanding environments possible. We ask them to spend two years working as prison officers as part of a leadership programme, challenging them to come up with new ideas to improve the way prisons work across the country. The Unlocked Graduates programme was one of the key recommendations of the Coates’ Review of prison education, a report that argued that education needs to be put at the heart of the prison service if Government is serious about the rehabilitation of prisoners.

Unlocked Graduates is supported in its incubation state by Catch22, the social business, so that it can become a successful independent organisation and we work in partnership with the University of Suffolk to deliver our Master’s in Leadership and Custodial Environments.

Person requirements

To be successful in engaging prisoners and helping them to make the changes necessary to reintegrate with society, you will need a particular blend of attributes.

We don’t expect you to be the finished article when you apply, but you will need to show that you have the potential to develop each of these attributes to a high standard. We will particularly be looking for self-awareness, sense of possibility, resilience, relationship building, decision making, leadership, motivation.

Qualifications and experience requirements

  • Have, or be expecting to receive, at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree qualification by July 2018 or equivalent
  • Grade C - GCSE English and maths.
  • Have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the programme (26 months).
  • The Unlocked two-year leadership development programme is available to graduates who have not yet undergone prison officer training, therefore existing prison officers are not eligible to apply.

Accepted degree subjects



up to £30,064


London · South East England

Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

How to apply

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 13/02/2018

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