Leadership Development Programme - Unlocked

Salary: Up to £30,064
Location: South East, London
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Health, Public Sector, Charities

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people of society whilst being equipped with the skills to excel in any future career?


Unlocked Graduates is a unique two-year programme giving graduates the opportunity to become inspirational and influential leaders.


Following an intensive six-week training programme you will serve as a prison officer in a prison in London and the South East. You will build skills and complete a bespoke Master’s while working with prisoners to help them break the cycle of reoffending.


As a prison officer your responsibilities will include maintaining the safety and security of prisoners and supporting them in accessing prison resources. However, Unlocked graduates will also identify strategies that help prisoners rehabilitate and break the cycle of reoffending. That could mean accessing education courses, maintaining family ties, or offering additional literacy or numeracy teaching. Or it could just mean listening to prisoners and helping them confront their situation. Throughout the programme Unlocked officers receive further training and mentoring themselves from a dedicated mentor, and study for a fully-funded master’s degree.


The role of Unlocked officer means being an advocate, mentor, teacher, mediator and leader all at the same time – and understanding how small changes on the inside can yield life-changing progress on the outside. Unlocked officers develop skills in leadership, communication, relationship and team-building, decision-making and resilience – all of which are valuable in a wide range of working environments.


At the end of the scheme, Unlocked expects graduates either to progress into careers in a wide variety of sectors where their experience of rehabilitation will enable them to take positions of responsibility and advocate for further positive change, or to remain with the prison sector and lead further change from the inside.


About the application process:
You are not expected to have specific previous experience or degree qualification and are assessed against a set of relevant attributes, including relationship-building, leadership and resilience.


Applications are open on our website and you are asked to complete an application form. If successful, you will be invited to an assessment centre.


Our entry requirements include a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree and Grade C GCSE in Maths and English.


We recruit on a rolling basis so encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready.



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