Border Force officers protect UK border entry points like ports and airports, by enforcing immigration and customs regulations.
You can get into this job through:
You could do a public service operational delivery advanced apprenticeship with the Civil Service.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
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You could join the Civil Service as a Border Force assistant officer, then apply for an officer post when vacancies become available.
To do this, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.
You could apply directly to become a Border Force officer. To enter at officer level, you may need at least 2 A levels at grade E or above, or equivalent qualifications.
You can apply through the Civil Service Fast Stream if you have a degree.
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- be a UK citizen
- have lived in the UK for the last 5 years
- pass enhanced background checks
- pass security checks
- pass a medical check
- have a good level of fitness
- have a full driving licence
Career Path and Progression
You'll get continuous training during your first 6 to 12 months. Once you've passed your probationary period, you'll have the full responsibilities of a Border Force officer.
With experience you could become a team leader, or move into a management position. You could also use your skills to train and work with new staff.
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- Security Officer
- Prison Officer
- The ability to listen and ask questions
- able to keep calm under pressure
- assertive but tactful
- excellent communication skills
- confident in decision making
£23,000 to £31,000