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National Apprenticeship Week 2021: our new professional Custody and Detention Apprenticeship

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Anyone who is employed to become a prison officer in England will soon work towards a Level 3 Custody and Detention Apprenticeship qualification to develop specialist skills that will assist them in their role.

How one-to-one conversations are helping make prisons safer

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Photograph of a key worker at HMP Brixton talking one-to-one with an offender.

The key worker scheme is being rolled out across the entire closed male estate, with prison officers managing around 5-6 offenders on a one-to-one basis. Find out from Prison Officer Leeming how the scheme allows prison officers more time and flexibility to provide offenders with the best chance of engaging in rehabilitation.

Celebrating prison officers – guest post by the Butler Trust

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A room with attendees to the Butler Trust Awards Ceremony seated

Picture this: you’re a prison officer, sitting amongst 30 other front line staff from prisons, probation and youth justice. You’re with the Secretary of State for Justice, the Prisons Minister, other leading figures from across the service, and you’re all nervously awaiting the arrival of The Princess Royal (Princess Anne). You’re about to become an award-winning prison officer through the Butler Trust. Find out how this could be you.

Being shadowed at work by our Prisons Minister, in prison

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Picture of Officer Bowden standing outside HMP Wormwood Scrubs

Prison officer Bowden had the opportunity to show Prisons Minister Rory Stewart what working as a prison officer is really like. Find out what they did, from maintaining the prison landings to talking to prisoners, to get a true taster of what it's like working in the prison service.