Following a gap year after his GCSEs, Elliot enrolled at Bishop Auckland College to study the Diploma in Policing Level 3 programme combined with Uniformed Public Services. Nearing completion of his studies and with career planning support from his tutors and the Student Progression team, Elliot applied to the Prison Service and was delighted to progress through the stages to become a Prison Officer.
Elliot said “My role as a Prison Officer is not just about maintaining security, but I also act as a teacher and support worker. My job is to create a safe, secure environment supporting prisoners with their rehabilitation, ensuring mental and physical wellbeing, and influencing individuals to lead a more productive and peaceful life. We treat prisoners in a humanely way and I am here to make a real difference. The process of becoming a Prison Officer consists of interviews, fitness tests, background checks and induction includes 7 weeks of training in another prison. My College course fully prepared me for this role as you need plenty of resilience, physical stamina, confidence, personal integrity and good communication skills. The units on my course were really interesting, especially crime scene investigation. I also completed a work placement alongside my course and we had the opportunity to meet a wide range of industry speakers from different sectors. My tutors and the Student Progression team provided career development support throughout my time at College and this really prepared me for my progression into employment.”