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Careers in the Isle of Man Prison Service

Roles in the Prison Service:

  1. Governor grades
  2. Principal officers
  3. Senior officers
  4. Prison officers
  5. Operational support grades
  6. Specialists
  7. Physical education
  8. Dog handling
  9. Catering
  10. Trades
  11. Healthcare

Prison Officers

The challenge

Prison officers have to work with difficult and sometimes dangerous people. They have to make quick decisions and always be ready for the unexpected. Working with prisoners is demanding and can be unpredictable - being able to rise to the challenge makes a career in the Isle of Man Prison Service rewarding in ways that not many other careers can match.

Entry qualifications

No formal academic qualifications are required:

  • 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, (or equivalent), or pass the Prison Service entrance exam
  • Aged between 21 and 49 years
  • Physically fit
  • Full, clean driving licence
  • Manx worker (preferably)
  • No criminal record

Operational Support Grades (OSGs)

What do Operational Support Grades do?

Operational Support Grades are employed on a wide variety of duties including:

  • checking in and supervising visitors
  • patrolling and building searching
  • escorting contractors¬†and vehicles
  • stores duties
  • operating the gate - controlling all movements into and out of the prison
  • control room - monitoring CCTV, alarm systems, radios, phones, operating locking systems
  • night duties (gate and control room)
  • routine administrative work

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the IoM Prison Service the latest vacancies will be advertised on the Isle of Man Government vacancies website.

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