Share your knowledge

Instructors (Kaiwhakaako) use their trade knowledge and skills to positively shape people’s futures.

They support and mentor people in prison to gain new qualifications and skills, to improve their chances of finding employment on release from prison.

The role

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Bring your experience and skills

Our instructors come from a range of trade industries, including carpentry and construction, painting, agriculture, catering, engineering and more.

A catering instructor teaches a woman in prison how to make coffee at Auckland Region Womens Corrections Facility

Guide and mentor

Instructors mentor and oversee people's work to gain qualifications, providing guidance and assessing their skills in a professional manner.

Through helping to people to gain skills for employment, their work can make a positive difference.

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Manage industry activities

Instructors undergo the same training as Corrections Officers, to help equip them to supervise industry activities and manage people in a custodial environment. They may also be asked to work as a Corrections Officer from time to time.

What you need to know

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» Salary range of $67,514 to $83,191 before progressing into senior roles


Career progression and training

» Initial learning pathway – 12 weeks Corrections Officer Development Pathway (which includes some time away in Upper Hutt)
» Career progression to Principal Instructor roles ($87,175 - $94,747) or management


Skills and experience

» Experience working in trades
» Good communication skills, with the ability to motivate and nurture people's talents
» Team player, dependable, honest and observant
» Full New Zealand Driver Licence


Hours of work

» Rostered rotating shifts including nights, weekends & public holidays

Health wellness

Time off

» Four weeks holiday annually

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» Based at one of our 18 prison sites

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Recent stories

Read stories from our instructors.

What does it take to run a kitchen inside a prison?

Gareth, a catering instructor from Invercargill Prison, shares some insights into his role preparing meals for the site, and passing his skills on to people in prison.

Strengthening our engineering pathway to employment

Employment in Engineering is that much closer for men learning the trade at Christchurch Men’s Prison.


Laying the foundations for participation

The day begins at 8am in the Rolleston Prison Construction Yard, when around 60 men leave their prison units, put on their hardhats, pick up their tools and get to…