About the job
So do you know what we do?
Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office. We are responsible for managing the UK border control by enforcing immigration and customs regulations and working with the wider Home Office on counter terrorism, organised crime, modern slavery and trafficking.
This is some of the most important and challenging work in Government as it both protects and enhances the UK economy and if you are successful, you could be part of that.
This is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year job and you will be working at one of the UK’s 140 seaports, airports, 200+ general aviation ports, postal depots and international rail network. This includes the Eurostar from Brussels and Paris to St Pancras International and the Eurotunnel from Coquelles to Cheriton, where Border Force has juxtaposed controls.
Because of the work we do and the places we work Border Force staff can operate in sometimes difficult and pressurised environments. For this role making well balanced decisions is key and a career in Border Force can be extremely rewarding, which includes a comprehensive training programme of several courses. The longest of these is 5 weeks - depending on the role you accept. Your training period is crucial to preparing you for your initial career as a Border Force officer.
You will need to meet certain eligibility criteria in order to apply for the role, so please refer to this section in the candidate pack. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria will result in the removal of your application.
As a Border Force Assistant Officer you will be engaged in a variety of exciting and flexible roles – such as checking all passengers arriving by sea or air for immigration control purposes as well as the detection and interception of prohibited goods (such as drugs, cash, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, counterfeit goods).
If all of this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you. Please refer to the candidate pack below for further information.
Please note that equivalent qualifications at the same levels could also include a wide range of formal or vocational training as determined by ofqual such as some BTECH or NVQ’s
If you do not hold the minimum qualifications listed above you must meet one of the essential criteria below:
Border Force will also consider applications from individuals with relevant skills and experience gained from security, regulatory or investigatory work that might be successfully utilised in the Border Force Officer role.
Examples of relevant experience include previous work for Border Force, immigration casework, revenue compliance and fraud investigation, although this list is not exhaustive.