The Saskatchewan Corrections nine-week Induction Training Program (ITP) is for recruits to the positions of Correctional Officer, Facility Youth Worker, Parental Care Worker and Mental Health Correctional Officer. Additional weeks of facility-specific training allows recruits to familiarize themselves with the operations of their assigned facility. The training is practical and skills development based, equipping recruits with the skills to assume their role. Professionalism, respect for the law, and skill development, founded upon best practices, are emphasized throughout. Learning modules are delivered by both internal and non-corrections resources as determined by topic.
Attendance at training is paid. Training is offered in North Battleford, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina. If you are not headquartered (assigned to work) in a facility in those cities, the Ministry of Corrections and Policing will reimburse you for costs associated with lodging and meals.
The ITP learning modules address a number of important themes including the following:
- Correctional System Orientation
- Effective Communication
- Offender Management and Intervention Techniques
- Offender Programs and Services
- Workplace Safety and Security
Note: Recruit progress in ITP is assessed by written exams (a total of four), as well as one practical exam for the Use of Restraints and Self-Defence component. "Testing Threshold" refers to a requirement that the test must be passed in order for the recruit to continue in the ITP. Failure leads to employment termination. The exams are as follows:
- Exam 1: General Knowledge
- Exam 2: Core Correctional Practices (Testing Threshold 1)
- Exam 3: The Use of Restraints and Self-Defence: Written (Testing Threshold 2)
- Exam 4: The Use of Restraints and Self-Defence: Practical (Testing Threshold 3)
- Exam 5: Final Exam (Testing Threshold 4, averaged with Exam 1)
Accommodations for Induction Training Program
Reasonable accommodations (like religious accommodations and accommodations for diverse abilities) will be granted unless such accommodation would cause undue hardship to the employer. Accommodations will be granted in accordance with the Public Service Commission's policy on Employment Accommodation. Note that not all diverse abilities can be accommodated given the nature of the corrections employee's role. Recruits are responsible for informing their recruiting facility manager of their need for ongoing accommodation and assisting in the planning to meet their needs. This notification shall be given prior to commencement of ITP.
Recruits are responsible for attending and participating in all sessions of ITP; abiding by the rules and requirements; complying with the Corrections and Policing Code of Professional Conduct, and any applicable policies; preparing for all exams; asking questions during all phases of ITP; successfully completing all parts of ITP; and returning any items issued during ITP if the recruit does not complete ITP for any reason.