Physical violence, bad views and uncomfortable uniforms – why be a prison officer?
A £27,000 a year starting salary, in some parts of the country, might help.
The scheme, run by charity Unlocked and paid for by the government, has recruited the best 50 graduates from more than 2000 people who registered, and they plan to expand next year.
The majority of new officers on the scheme are women and 20% are from a black or ethnic minority background.
The aim is to better reflect the UK prison population.
Five people on the scheme in Suffolk, who will start work this month, tell us why they wanted to join one of the country’s most dangerous professions.