Guidance

Custodial care apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the custodial care sector.

Custodial care apprentices will work as prison officers or prison custody officers in prisons or as detention officers in an immigration or detention centre, and as escort custody officers looking after the security and welfare of adults, children and young people.

Training opportunities

Intermediate apprentices will work as operational support officers, with responsibilities that include supervising visitors and searches of property.

Advanced apprentices will have different roles within different custodial care organisations according to the type of environment they work in and the level of security needed.

Your work might involve:

  • escorting prisoners or detainees
  • settling-in prisoners or detainees when they arrive
  • supervising everyday activities such as meals, showers or exercise

Advanced apprentices will also carry out searches and security checks and make sure visitors understand and follow security procedures.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeship.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

You can train as an operational support officer.

Advanced level apprenticeships

You can train in roles like:

  • prison officer
  • prison custody officer
  • detention officer
  • escort custody officer

Apply for a custodial care apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education