Registering Learners in a Prison Setting
Janet Fryer is Deputy Manager for Learning and Skills at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, where she has worked for over 10 years. As they have grown their provision with Open Awards she has taken the lead overseeing the administration and quality assurance of this area of provision. Long Lartin have an exemplary record when it comes to following our processes, so we asked Janet to share her ideas on getting registration right.
Career Day Success at HMP Bullingdon & HMP Birmingham
Milton Keynes College Offender Learning Team held two ‘Careers Days’ in April. One in the South, at HMP Bullingdon, and one in the Midlands at HMP Birmingham. These event offer an opportunity for those interested in finding out more about offender learning to step inside one of our prisons, meet some of our learners, and network with the education teams and prison mentors. It helps them to make an informed choice on whether or not this is the right career move for them, without the added pressure of an interview.
Offender Learning Celebrates Employment Academy Milestone
Continuing its valuable work within the prison community, the Milton Keynes College Offender Learning team is celebrating an employment academy milestone - the 200th offender learner to be placed into sustainable employment. MK College works with approximately 31,000 offender learners across 28 prisons every year, and as well as providing a wide educational provision, offers a variety of course and training programmes through its prison employment academies.
High Sheriff's Justice Dinner at Bletchley Park
The High Sheriff's Annual Justice Dinner was hosted recently by Milly Soames DL, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in partnership with Milton Keynes College and historic Bletchley Park. Sixty guests were in attendance, including ministers, judges, probation, third sector organisations, employers and importantly, ex-offenders now working to support offenders to reform and rehabilitate.
Offploy Justice Personnel Celebrate First Client - MK College
As part of their recently launched outreach project, Offploy Justice Personnel has teamed up with Milton Keynes College as their first client. Milton Keynes College works with around 31,000 offender learners across twenty-eight prisons in the UK. As leaders in the Offender's Learning and Skills Service, they have placed 164 of their candidates into work. Offploy has pledged to support 250 ex-offenders into employment by 2019.
Outstanding Ofsted grade for Milton Keynes College establishment: HMP Whatton
HMP Whatton has now been confirmed as the first closed adult male prison to be judged by Ofsted as outstanding across all aspects. This includes the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) provision provided by Milton Keynes College which was also graded outstanding.
Re-designing Offender Learning
Graphic design students at HMP Coldingley recently had the opportunity to present some ideas for a redesign of the Milton Keynes College Offender Learning logo. As a part of their graphic design studies they were asked to come up with some new logo ideas to be presented to impress Sally Alexander, along with the OLASS marketing team, during their November visit to the prison.
Milton Keynes College Offender Learning calls for celebration at HMP Featherstone
During October, Graduation ceremonies took place at HMP Featherstone where learners from the Timpson and RMF Construction Academies had their achievements celebrated. The Graduation was attended by key members of the Milton Keynes College Offender Learning team, the Employment Academy team, and staff members from HMP Featherstone.
Milton Keynes College celebrates a year of OLASS
On Friday 4th November, the Milton Keynes College Offender Learning team hosted its annual National Celebration and Awards event. Dr Julie Mills, Principal and Chief Executive of Milton Keynes College, opened proceedings by praising the hard work of everybody involved imparting how proud she is of the Offender Learning team and all our learners.