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Prison Governor

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Prison governors are responsible for the management and security of prisons and young offender institutions. They are responsible for the security and care of prisoners and the organisation and training of staff.

The Work

You could be:

You would be responsible for overall security, discipline and control of the prison and you would take control during major incidents.

Pay

Salaries depend on level of responsibility, the size of the prison and within the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), which job family and role you are in.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are two main ways to enter the job.

Most prison governors in Scotland are recruited by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS). Entry is very competitive. Jobs are usually advertised in the press or on the SPS website.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
1172
2.3 %
RISE
2024
1199
  United Kingdom
2019
10974
0.8 %
FALL
2024
10892

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

HMP Kilmarnock and HMP Addiewell are privately managed. These prisons have a director instead of a governor, They do much the same work normally, but some responsibilities are in the hands of the SPS controller based at the prison. In Scotland, all prisons, including Kilmarnock, are part of the SPS estate so all prisoners are in government care.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Prison Service (SPS)
Tel: 0131 330 3500
E-mail: gaolinfo@sps.pnn.gov.uk
Website: http://www.sps.gov.uk/
Twitter: @scottishprisons
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishPrisonService

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