Border Force OfficerJob Description:
Border Force officers protect a country's border entry points like ports and airports, by enforcing immigration and customs regulations.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- check travel documents and passports
- question passengers about their reasons for visiting the country
- search people, luggage and vehicles
- write case notes
- work with the police and immigration officials on operations
- attend court as a witness
- knowledge of public safety and security
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure (leadership skills)
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- customer service skills
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working your way up
- applying directly
- a graduate training scheme
You could do a college course which could help you to develop some of the skills and knowledge needed in this role.
In the UK, for example, relevant courses include a Diploma in Public Services.
You could do a public service operational delivery advanced apprenticeship with the Civil Service.
You could join the Civil Service as a Border Force assistant officer, then apply for an officer post when vacancies become available.
You could apply directly to become a Border Force officer.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 38-42 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays on shifts.
You could work at a border post. Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers. You may need to wear a uniform.
Career Path & 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.
You’ll get regular training updates throughout your career to keep up to date and with experience you could become a senior Border Force officer.
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.