Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Yeadon


Investigative Skills within Immigration Enforcement has responsibility for delivery, assessment, guidance and standardisation of all specialist learning and development relating to both volume and priority and serious and complex criminal investigations. The team is licensed by the College of Policing to deliver training under the auspices of the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP). In addition to training across all 4 levels of PIP the team develop and deliver Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training to support the professionalization of Immigration Enforcement criminal investigations. This currently includes, amongst others, Disclosure Officer, Open Source Investigation, Public Protection, Advanced Interviewing, PACE, Critical Incident Management and RIPA/ IPA.

This post will have responsibility for delivery of learning across all the Crime Training programmes.

The successful candidate will form part of a high paced and high profile team. The role requires the successful candidate to:

- Be a minimum of PIP 1 accredited and for this accreditation to be valid and current at the time of application.
- Have a minimum Level 4 training qualification and be required to successfully complete further learning and development qualifications within two years of joining the unit.
- Hold or achieve accreditation as both an operator and facilitator on the Hydra Immersive Learning system and be familiar with the Hydra in the Cloud (HITC) system.
- Have management of a stream of training development and delivery including undertaking review of both material and delivery in line with legislative and policy changes and business need.
- Initiate, develop and maintain a strong relationship with all internal and external stakeholders.
- Deliver training across a number of work streams.
- Support other CIO colleagues in planning and resource allocation.
- Have strong IT skills, particularly in Word and PowerPoint.
- Have strong communication skills and be able to deliver highly technical learning to large groups in a fast-paced environment.
- Undertake day to day management at the training unit in Leeds or Croydon when in attendance at either location, or elsewhere when training delivery is taking place at other locations.

Investigative Skills deliver learning events at a significant number of locations throughout the United Kingdom, and occasionally overseas. These courses can be between 1-3 days or upward to 4-6 weeks. The successful candidate will need to be aware that this post involves significant travel and periods away from home. For that reason the role would not suit a part time or job share candidate.

Evidence of PIP 1 accreditation and training qualification is required. Evidence of any accreditation on the Hydra Immersive Learning system is required.

It is desirable that candidates have a strong knowledge of the processes, legislation and policy relating to the work if Immigration Enforcement, UKVI and Border Force.

Desirable requirement:

- PIP2

The post holder must be an experienced investigator with a proven background in leading serious and complex investigations. A professional qualification of at least PIP2 is desirable.

Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) is a four level accreditation programme under the auspices of the National Police Chiefs Council and the College of Policing. Officers accredited at PIP Level 2 will have successfully passed the National Investigators Examination and undertaken the ICIDP course plus Tier 2 Interviewing and demonstrated operational competence through completion of a work based portfolio which will have undergone assessment and verification in force prior to being substantively awarded the title of detective. Officers who were in a detective role prior to 2005 may have obtained legacy accreditation based upon having completed the ten week CID course and exhibited operational competence in role. Evidence of both routes should be available from either Force or certification.

Person specification

Please complete a statement of suitability evidenced from the following criteria (no more than 1200 words):

- Good knowledge of investigative processes.
- Good understanding of UK Immigration Law.
- Good understanding of current learning and development theories.


Due to the nature of the work and the geographical area, some travel by official vehicle will be inevitable and applicants should have a full manual driving licence.


Essential requirement:

- PIP1

The post holder must have accreditation at least at PIP Level 1 by a Home Office Police Force, National Crime Agency or Police service of Northern Ireland (or equivalent Scottish Force training programme) and have recent experience of conducting criminal investigations, including submission of a full case file to CPS, PPSNI or Procurator Fiscal within the previous 24 months from date of application.

In addition to being accredited at PIP Level 1 it is a requirement that officers maintain this on an annual basis, including arrest training certification.

Please see attached Professional Investigations Programme - Guidance for Applicants.

Experience in mentoring less experienced colleagues through the PIP process and recent experience of working on a serious and complex investigation is essential.

Have a minimum Level 4 training qualification and be required to successfully complete further learning and development qualifications within two years of joining the unit.

It is a requirement of the post that arrest accreditation is achieved and maintained.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Changing and Improving

Developing Self and Others

Communicating and Influencing

Delivering at Pace



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


We are passionate about delivering an impactive response in tackling the criminality behind immigration crime. But we also know you will have a life outside of work; we respect your priorities and our industry leading flexible working practices will give you real freedom to balance work and life.

We employ talented people who challenge and guide each other. At CFI you will work within a highly capable team who will support you to develop your skills, knowledge and experience.

Some of the many benefits you will receive:

- Professional and Personal Development of skills.
- 25 days paid annual leave rising to 30 days upon completion of 10 years’ service.
- In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queen’s birthday.
- Special Paid Leave to volunteer up to 6 days a year.
- Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
- Highly competitive pension scheme.
- Most sites have good travel links with free car parking.


This post is being advertised on the Home Office annual hours working terms and conditions and attracts an annual hours allowance (AHA). The rate payable under annualised hours is driven by business requirements and may vary depending on location.

Your initial rate will be confirmed when you have started in post and will be paid as a percentage of your basic salary. If a member of staff has agreed an annualised hours arrangement, this does not become a permanent or guaranteed right.

Annualised hours working is subject to changes in operational needs and managers can adjust, cease or suspend it, for operational or performance reasons. There are no other attendance related allowances.