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How to become a Prison Auxiliary NRL

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What does a Prison Auxiliary NRL do?

Prison auxiliaries carry out a wide range of tasks, including security work on gates, searching or driving. They may also be involved in observation, and operating gates.

Part of the job involves observing and supervising inmates, but auxiliaries are not given sole responsibility for this.

What's the working environment like working as a Prison Auxiliary NRL?

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has establishments at Maghberry (near Moira), the Young Offenders Centre (Hydebank Wood, Belfast) and Magilligan (Limavady).

Prison auxiliaries work long hours, and the environment can be stressful. They must work shifts including evenings, nights and weekends. If they have to work any hours outside their scheduled shift pattern, they would then get the same amount of time off.

The auxiliary grade is ‘non-mobile’. This means auxiliaries are posted to one establishment, and will only have to move to another location if it is within reasonable travelling distance.

What does it take to become a Prison Auxiliary NRL?

To be a prison auxiliary, you should:

  • be a good communicator
  • be able to work as a member of a team
  • be able to work without close supervision
  • have a mature attitude in order to establish good relationships with prisoners
  • be committed to equal opportunities
  • be able to cope with pressure.

Prison Auxiliary NRL Career Opportunities

The Northern Ireland Prison Service employs about 170 prison auxiliaries.

Jobs as prison auxiliaries are advertised in the local papers and in Jobcentres.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Prison Auxiliary NRL that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

For information on the Fast Stream Development Programme, write to:

Capita RAS, Innovation Court,
New Street,
Basingstoke,
Hampshire RG21 7JB.
Tel: 01256 383684.

Other civil service departments which you might like to contact regarding recruitment are:

Ministry of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food,
Personnel Management Branch,
Nobel House,
17 Smith Square,
London SW1P 3JR.
Tel: 020 7238 6383.

The Cabinet Office,
Queen Anne¿s Chambers,
28 Broadway,
London SW1H 9JS.
Tel: 020 7210 0330.

Crown Prosecution Service,
Headquarters,
50 Ludgate Hill,
London EC4M 7EX.
Tel: 020 7273 8053.

HM Customs and Excise,
London Central,
Personnel Management Unit,
3rd Floor,
Thomas Paine House,
Torrens Street,
London EC1V 1TA.
Tel: 020 7865 3194.

Department of Environment,
Transport and the Regions (DETR),
Great Minster House,
76 Marsham Street,
London SW1P 4DR.
Tel: 020 7890 3225.

The Department of Social Security,
Development Unit,
2nd Floor,
The Adelphi,
1-11 John Adam Street,
London WC2N 6HT.
Tel: 020 7962 8174.


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