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Prison Service: Recruitment

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans the Government have to increase levels of recruitment of prison officers. (205535)

Action has been taken recently to respond to the substantial increase in demand for prison officers, generated in particular by the National Offender Management Service's prison capacity building programme. A national prison officer recruitment campaign started on 7 January. It employed a major national advertising campaign, aimed at attracting a much wider range of applicants than had been achieved previously. It also created a new recruitment process, which reducing the time between application and appointment, introduced online application and sifting; and enabled more comprehensive information to be generated, on which to base selection decisions. Over 41,000 applications have been received to date.