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Engineering Instructor

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

HMP Northumberland are recruiting for an Engineering Instructor to join the Team. If you have experience, this could be a great opportunity for you.

As an engineering instructor your role will be to lead, support and instruct the resident workforce in developing transferable job ready skills in preparation for their release within a workshop environment. To be a positive role model, encouraging residents to fore fill their learning and skills potential whilst maintaining a purposeful working environment that promotes learning, meets the needs of the customer and maintains recognised Health and Safety standards.

As a working prison, we work towards the resettlement of residents upon their release into the community and their integration into society through the skills acquired while in our care. We are committed to supporting people to change their lives for the better and lead law-abiding lives.HMP Northumberland offers a variety of initiatives and programmes to help residents engage within the prison’s rehabilitative culture. This includes various educational and vocational qualifications, as well as a variety of opportunities for residents to learn new skills within our workshops and industries departments. We have textile, engineering and electrical workshops and can offer prisoners experience in horticulture, market gardens, cleaning, waste management and laundry services on site.

Being over 4 miles in circumference, the prison is a vast space with exceptionally kept plantation and currently houses over 1300 residents with a range of sentence terms.

For more information on working in Justice within Sodexo please see Careers in Justice

Role Responsibility

Workshop Instructor

  • Supervise the allocated workforce within the work area
  • Instruct and train residents in the required skills needed to work in a safe and purposeful manner
  • Induct residents to the workshops / area of work and train them in aspects such as health and safety, COSHH, machinery and tool usage.
  • Provide personal support for the residents, tailoring learning and training requirements to individual needs.


Engineering – Sheet Metal Worker

  • Significant experience of working within a Sheet Metal manufacturing environment and be able to read, understand and be able to work from drawings.
  • Experience of CNC folding on Amada machines (or similar machines).
  • Candidates should be aware of self-inspection and quality procedures as well as general engineering good practice.

The Ideal Candidate

  • High level of inter personal skills including assertiveness and self-motivation
  • Good level of numeracy and literacy
  • Demonstrate experience in an environment where attention to detail is essential
  • The ability to challenge inappropriate behavior
  • Ability to perform tasks alone or in a team to a high standards without constant supervision
  • Proactive, systematic approach to tasks
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • The ability to work well in a team under pressure
  • Reliable, punctual and understands the importance of setting standards.

Package Description

£25,000 - £28,000 per annum depending upon experience

Excellent benefits including free onsite parking, shopping discounts, pension and 28 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)


About the Company

Sodexo Justice aims to change lives for the better by reducing reoffending and improving the quality of life for those under our supervision and in our care. We deliver safe, effective and innovative custodial and community rehabilitation services that challenge offending behaviour, protect the public and offer individuals the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We deliver the total operation of five prisons within the UK and own six Community Rehabilitation Companies in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro.

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

Please note all roles within Sodexo Justice are subject to security and recruitment checks which may include a Social Media Check. You will also be asked to provide 5 years’ worth of references and request employment history details from the HMRC.


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