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Probation Officers: Manpower

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trainee probation officers are expected to complete training in 2009. (280833)

The number expected to complete their training in 2009 is 513. It is too soon to give an accurate picture of the number of TPO graduates who will be offered jobs. All probation areas are looking closely at their budgets and work force needs to ensure as many trainees as possible are offered employment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of trainee probation officers who will not be offered employment in each region in 2009. (280834)

A recent survey of the 42 probation areas, who are the employers, has shown that it is too soon to be certain how many of these graduates will be offered jobs in the Probation Service. The regional Directors of Offender Management have been asked to review the position of their local probation boards and trusts to ensure that decisions about TPO employment are based on credible workforce plans that take full account of the staffing requirements of the next three years within the region and elsewhere in the country.