A 2018 Prison Officer recruitment campaign was launched in February for the Dublin area. Career Services run preparation courses for the assessment tests and interviews used in the selection stages of Prison Officer recruitment campaigns by the Irish Prison Service. Prison Officer Recruitment competitions are national competitions that recruit suitable candidates to the role of Recruit Prison Officers in the Irish Prison Service. As part of this recruitment, candidates face into a selection process which involves various assessments. Our courses prepare candidates for these assessments and have helped 100's of candidates gain entry into the prison service over the years. Give yourself the best chance at succeeding in these competitive recruitment competitions with our renowned  courses.


2018 Recruit Prison Officer Campaign (Dublin Area)

The Public Appointments Service launched a 2018 recruitment campaign for Recruit Prison Officers in the Dublin area. The Public Appointments Service is the centralised recruiter for the Irish Prison Service and applications could only be made by interested candidates through their website on www.publicjobs.ie The closing date for applications was 22nd February 2018. A full list of eligibility criteria could be found in the 'Information Booklet' issued by the Public Appointments Service here 

What is a Recruit Prison Officer? 

Based off the 2018 PAS (Public Appointments Service Information Booklet)

The Recruit Prison Officer (RPO) is the entry level to the Service. When a recruitment campaign is launched the Prison Service set up a panel from which vacancies arising in the Irish Prison Service may be filled. Vacancies are usually filled at Recruit Prison Officer level initially. Following the successful completion of 3 years’ service including probation and a Higher Certificate in Custodial Care, the Recruit Prison Officer will be appointed as an Established Prison Officer. 

Prisons operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, Prison Officers will be required to work a basic 2,035 hours per year based on an average roster of 39 hours a week, and will be required to work shifts including night duties, every second weekend, some public holidays and over festive seasons. Recruit Prison Officers will also be required to work Additional Hours (AH) over and above basic rostered hours up to 360 hours per annum. 

Preparing for the 2018 Prison Officer Assessments & Interview

We are running our renowned preparation course for the assessments tests that candidates will face as part of the selection process. These recruitment competitions can attract thousands of applications and those that succeed are those that are prepared and perform well in the selection stages. Get a full tuition on the Recruit Prison Officer assessments. We have a proven track record with over 30 years of assessment industry experience. See here for more:

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