Candidates looking for fantastic opportunities to gain experience and work with unique groups of students may find helping a new generation of prisoners turn around their lives to be quite rewarding. Prison instructors, or instructional officers, work in prison education jobs to help prisoners gain skills that may help them find employment after release.
Generally, candidates for prison education jobs need to possess good communication skills and patience as well as be adaptable and flexible in order to build respectful relationships with prisoners or offenders. The art of persuading the importance and benefits of education is also of value. Candidates with specialist subject knowledge or experience in a trade can provide training in a variety of subjects ranging from construction skills to IT, upholstery to cookery. Candidates could be employed by colleges and private companies that are contracted to employ instructors or employed directly by prisons or young offender institutions.