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Prison Service College Millisle

The Prison Service College is on the outskirts of Millisle, Co Down. The estate comprises the main college building, gymnasium, workshops, dog section training unit and a number of residential properties. The Prison Service College also has out-stations for Firearms and Control and Restraint training.

Its role is to support the Northern Ireland Prison Service in achieving its objectives by:

  • developing and implementing training strategies which meets the business needs of the Service;
  • supporting local management in identifying the skills, knowledge and aptitudes required for all posts and locations within the Service and developing staff training programmes to meet those needs;
  • providing quality development and training to help staff carry out their agreed role and fulfil their agreed potential;
  • evaluating training and development to ensure its effectiveness;
  • producing and developing the training and development of NIPS specialists; and
  • managing the central training budget to ensure value for money.

The core business of the College includes induction training, discipline training for recruits and officers, management development, professional development through a wide range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications, specialist training including incident management, hostage awareness, level 2 search training and specialist dog training skills.