Joiners - Various Locations Across Scotland

HMP Barlinnie, HMP Castle Huntly, HMP Inverness, Various locations across Scotland
Current Annual Pay Package of up to £33,700 + On Call Allowance*
Closing Date
26/02/2024, 16:00
Normal Office Hours
Full-Time - 37 Hours

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is currently recruiting permanent Joiners to work within our prisons near you across Scotland.

The Joiner will support the Estates Management team in all aspects of Estates work. Providing a comprehensive repairs and maintenance service for all of estates building maintenance fabric, installations, replacements, and repairs. You will provide an effective and efficient service to ensure compliance with all statutory legislative requirements, industry guidelines and policy.

All of our Joiners roles are based on 37 hours per week worked across Monday to Friday and we provide all tools and PPE.

There will be a requirement for you to periodically work on call hours, and you may need to travel to other establishments and areas. For this reason, a full driving licence that enables the person to drive in the UK is preferred. SPS is willing to consider proposals put forward by applicants to carry out the duties by any other means.

With a recent increase in starting salaries and great additional benefits, if you are looking for a new role, now could be the perfect time to join us and continue your career.

Current Annual Pay Package of up to £33,700 + On Call Allowance* for full time 37 hours per week.

Please note, a further SPS Pay Award for financial year 2024/25 has been agreed and will take effect from 01/04/24 further increasing salaries – details of the 2024/25 pay point values can be found in our attached Pay & Benefits statement.

We currently have vacancies in the following locations:

  • HMP Barlinnie (Glasgow)
  • HMP Inverness
  • HMP Castle Huntly

However, further vacancies in other locations across Scotland may arise at any point.

Where would you like to work?

On your application form you will be asked to state which locations you would like to be considered for, you can choose a singular location or as many as you like to widen your options. (you can access further information on our prison locations here).

Some of the benefits you can enjoy in role are:


·       Attractive Pension (Civil Service)

·       Commitment to your personal and professional development

·       Annual Leave - 34 days rising to 42 days

·       Free on site gym and car parking

·       Discounts at high street stores, supermarkets and restaurants

through our partners at Blue Light Card, Edenred and

Civil Service Sports Council. 

·       Sick Pay

·       All tools and PPE provided.


How do I apply?

The application process for this role consists of uploading your CV into a section of the application form. Please ensure you include detail of your skills and experience within your CV to allow us to fully assess your skills and experience for the Joiners role.

Applicants must have a recognised apprenticeship in carpentry and/or joinery to a minimum of SVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

On completion of all interviews, a locational merit order list will be created. Appointments will be made in accordance to merit where the current vacancies are. Where there are more successful candidate(s) than posts available, locational reserve merit order lists may be created and retained for 12 months.

Successful candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks, which will include an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check, References, DVLA licence check (where applicable) and Nationality checks as well as a Medical Assessment.

*Please note the annual pay package is dependent on qualifications, skills and experience, and is made up of basic salary plus temporary allowances, – please see attached pay & benefits statement for further details.”


*Please note Edinburgh receive an additional Geographical RRA (recruitment retention allowance) of £3,000 which has been granted until December 2024 at present and will be further reviewed at this point.

Responsible for ensuring all assigned tasks are inspected, tested, repaired or installed in a safe manner compliant with manufacturer's instructions and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines. All workmanship will be completed to a professional standard using recognised maintenance standards and techniques.
Assess, plan, measure up and report requirements to manager, of all materials, parts and spares necessary for the work to be undertaken. Record and document all time, materials, plant and status of each job as the work progresses and on completion.
Responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of all building fabric repairs including mechanical locks together with the security, operation and record keeping of the establishment lock store and associated documents as per policy.
Ensure that all fire building systems and controls such as doors, seals, alarms, compartmentation etc. are intact and maintained in accordance with the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) Fire Safety Manual.
Undertake continuous training as required to ensure competencies are maintained for core, safety and technical operations
Responsible and accountable for the security of all tools, plan and materials used by you. Where applicable to the role, participate in the out of hours on-call system which operates on a rotational basis. It is expected that you will be able to attend your home establishment within 60 minutes of being called out. You will also provide area coverage when required.
Person Specification
SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Competencies for Success Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are eight, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them, you will be assessed on those identified as key to role.
Qualification Requirements

Have completed a recognised apprenticeship in carpentry and/or joinery to a minimum of SVQ Level 3 or equivalent. Please ensure CV clearly outlines the above qualifications deemed as essential. 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience Requirements

Experience relevant to the role having worked within a similar environment or other maintenance/construction environment as a carpenter or joiner. Please ensure CV provides an example specific to the above criteria.


Have awareness of other basic maintenance and repair tasks (for example, mechanical and electrical maintenance and repairs), or be willing to develop these skills. Please ensure CV provides a clear example of the above and/or willingness to develop.


Sound knowledge of Building and Health and Safety Legislation e.g., Risk Assessments, Method Statements (Safe Systems of Work), Building (Scotland) Act and Regulations etc.


Ability to interpret from drawings, instructions, and specifications.


Behaviour Requirements
Solve Problems & Make Decisions
Change & Improve
Relationships & Collaboration
Develop Ourselves & Others
Final Stage Interview
Vacancy Information Booklets:

This opportunity is closed to applications.