I spent 11 years working for the Prison Service, based at HMP Kirklevington Grange, with the last year also working at HMP/YOI Northallerton. Throughout these 11 years I became very familiar with working life within a secure environment and had some great years, spending the last 7 years in a joint H&S/Fire safety role.
Northallerton was a different type of establishment, one of the last remaining older Victorian Prison establishments at the time (which is steeped in history) and although only spending a year there working there did make a positive impression. I like to think that working in a custodial environment provided me with the essential transferrable skills needed to operate in the higher education sector, especially within an establishment such as Northallerton. I do miss the morning logging onto the radio net as “Foxtrot” and getting used to not having to lock and prove every secure gate you went through during my first few weeks at the university.