Project Escort / OSG

Long-term Temporary to Permanent Project Escort / OSG Role at Highpoint Prison, Stradishall, Newmarket

As the leading agency supplier to the HM Prison Service for the provision of maintenance trades & support operatives, Hays is seeking to recruit Operational Support Grades (shift work) and Project Escorts for prisons across East Anglia.

Project Escort (Monday - Friday)

Hours: Based on 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Mon – Thurs: 8am – 5pm. Fri: 8am – 4pm.

Rate: £9.94/hr (Premium Rate).

Role: Primarily escorting building contractors around the Prison Site, checking in tools and ensuring the safety of the establishment. You may also be asked to escort Visitors around the site, check vehicles in and out of the prison and patrol the perimeter fences.

OSG: (Shift Work)

Hours: Shift based, and your hours will be between 6am – 9pm (you will still work an average of 39 hours a week, however, can work at any time between the above markers and include some nights), with opportunity to work overtime at a higher rate. You will also be required to work unsociable hours (which you are paid for) including weekends, bank holidays and nights.

Rate: £11.64/hr (Premium Rate)

Role: Very similar to the Project Escort Role, however, additionally, you will be asked to work in the Control Room, checking through CCTV and the Stores Department, searching through post and deliveries.

These roles are in a unique working environment with a strong sense of team working. Always in demand, you could benefit from long-term contracts and there is also potential, once trained, to work in other prisons both locally and nationally.

Purpose of the roles:

As part of the security team you will be responsible for assisting in the safety and security of the establishment where your duties will include escorting visitors, building contractors, gate duties within the prison and outside areas. You will ensure the safety and security of the visitors, staff and prisoners within a Prison establishment, while persons from outside of HMPPS are on site. You will also ensure that no unauthorised persons or items enter the establishment.


Escorting contractors & vehicles

Checking & searching visitors

Radio handling

Supervision of visitors

Stores duties

Patrolling perimeter and grounds

Routine administrative work

Night patrol duties

Contractor tool checks

Switchboard duties

Searching buildings

Canteen and kit exchange duties

Health & Safety procedures

Radio operation

Emergency Control Room (ECR) and Communications Room


No formal qualifications or previous experience is required for this role.

The nature of these roles requires candidates to be security conscious and able to challenge potential compromises and risks, you will also need to be reliable and consistent, level headed and have exceptional interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will have a background in customer services or security, and will be assessed based on the following competencies: Acting with integrity, respecting others, Building relationships and team working, communicating effectively, developing self and others.

Full training is provided by the establishment/ department which is fully paid for.

Security Clearance required:

All applicants will be subject to the HM Prison Service Security Clearance procedure which takes on average 2-3 weeks. You must hold a Valid Passport or Birth Certificate & ideally a Photo Driving Licence in your current address. All applicants must be able to provide details of 2 satisfactory references, at least one from an ex-employer.

For more information please call Ed at Hays on 01473 261900 or apply below.
For more detailed information, or to view other vacancies with this organisation, please visit our dedicated recruitment website 


Job type:
HMP Highpoint (Stradishall, Nr Haverhill)
£9.94 - £11.66/hr (premium rate)
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Talk to Edward Ball, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in Ipswich

Cardinal House, 48 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom, IP1 1TP

Telephone: 01473 261900

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