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Join our Leadership Development Programme

A two-year programme that is putting brilliant graduates and career changers at the heart of prison reform.

  

Unlocked Leadership Development Programme

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What you will be doing

Unlocked Graduates is a two-year programme that is putting brilliant graduates and career changers 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 £15bn.

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

They support prisoners to turn their lives around, lead system change and develop the skills to excel no matter where they go in the future. The problems facing prisons are some of the most complex in our society.

  • You will work as a front line prison officer
  • You will support prisoners to turn their lives around
  • You will lead system change
  • You will develop your skills in leadership, communication, relationship-building, decision-making and resilience, and change lives while you do
  • You will complete a fully-funded master’s degree in leadership 

What you will have

When you’re working as a prison officer, no day is ever the same. Helping some of the most vulnerable and challenging people in society means always being prepared for new situations, and always ready to be an advocate, negotiator, diplomat and leader – all at the same time.

Our graduates need to be ambitious problem solvers who are willing to hone their skills at the frontline while also thinking about the big picture. Gathering intelligence and using their negotiation skills whether on the landing or in the Governor’s office.

  • You are an ambitious problem solver
  • You are a good negotiator 
  • You have a 2:1 degree or above
  • You have a grade C in GCSE in Maths and English or equivalent

  

Company benefits: mentoring; fully-funded master's degree; career development opportunities; and a competitive salary of c.£30,000

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Unlocked Graduates

We pride ourselves on being innovative and bringing change to a system that is in dire need of fresh thinking and ideas.

 

  

You can change people's lives for the better and have an impact on wider society.

  

Unlocked Graduates is a two year programme that is putting brilliant graduates and career changers 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 £15bn.

Our solution is a unique leadership programme where participants work as frontline prison officers while completing a fully-funded master’s degree in leadership. They support prisoners to turn their lives around, lead system change and develop the skills to excel no matter where they go in the future.

Working in a prison is one of the most challenging environments that you can work in - you don't sit behind a desk completing tasks all day but are involved in negotiating, influencing and leading the people you work with to make better decisions with their actions and their lives.

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.

You may choose to work your way up in the ladder in the service, set up your own social enterprise, or move into business or policy to make system-wide changes and engage others with the criminal justice system. Being a prison officer is about so much more than locking up – and with Unlocked Graduates, it can really open doors.

In this role, you develop skills but also have the capacity to change people's lives for the better and have an impact on wider society. It is a unique role and opportunity to become a leader on the frontline of the UK's prison service.

  

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