Application and selection

Unlocked Graduates is now closed for applications, re-opening in the Autumn for those who wish to apply for the programme in 2018.

Our unique two-year leadership development programme is an exciting opportunity for you to acquire skills and experience that will be valuable in a variety of roles, and to make an important contribution to a serious problem in the UK.

You can register with us now to be notified as soon as our next application window opens

  • Application form

    The application form is made up of five competency and strengths-based questions relating to the attributes we are looking for in candidates. This gives you the opportunity to highlight your skills and explain about your motivations for applying to the programme. You will be asked to provide your contact details and academic qualifications. We recommend that you spend a week or two preparing your application form.

    We will open for applications in the Autumn and will review and screen applications as they arrive.

    You can expect to hear back regarding the outcome of your application within 2-3 weeks. It is not possible to apply for a deferred place on the programme.

  • Assessment centre

    If your application is successful, you will be invited to an assessment centre. These typically run during Spring and you will be offered a choice of dates.

    At the assessment centre you will complete a number of activities. These are designed to assess you against the attributes that we look for in candidates and also to give you an insight into the role of a prison officer and the Unlocked programme. Activities will include an interview, role play and a group-based task. You will be assessed by experienced professionals and meet individuals who have experience of the prison system.

    The assessment centre is the final stage of the process and you will find out within two weeks of attending if you have been successful.

  • Conditional offer

    If you are offered a place on the Unlocked programme, your offer will be conditional upon:

    • Evidence of your right to work in the UK and your academic qualifications
    • Your references proving satisfactory
    • Your success in passing medical and fitness checks
    • Your passing of the vetting process and receiving a satisfactory Disclosure Barred Services (DBS) certificate
    • You accepting a placement that we offer you and completing a day of shadowing in a prison
  • Unconditional offer

    Once you have met the conditions of your offer, you will receive a contract confirming your unconditional offer to start the programme.

Please make sure that you have read about the programme and the entry requirements before progressing further with your application, please do not hesitate to contact us.