The Key to ‘Team Brinsford’
January 2016 saw Governor, Heather Whitehead, and Milton Keynes College OLASS Manager, Lindsay Harris, both start their new roles at HMP YOI Brinsford. From day one, they both shared a mutual commitment in making a difference to the lives of the people who live and work at the establishment, and recognised the need to share responsibility in order to make improvements.
OLASS Teacher of the Year 2017 - Jennifer Jones
A delighted Jennifer Jones, teacher at HMP Grendon and Spring Hill, was honoured to have been awarded with MK College Students Choice ‘OLASS Teacher of the Year’ at the recent Milton Keynes College Student of the Year Awards 2017. Each year, students are invited to nominate teachers and support staff who they believe have created the very best learning experience for them, and this included nominations from learners within offender learning.
Koestler Awards - Audience Choice Winner from HMPYOI Drake Hall
A poem written by Michelle, a learner at HMPYOI Drake Hall, has scooped the top prize of ‘Audience Choice Award’ in an exhibition ‘Beyond the Door: The Koestler Exhibition for the West Midlands’, recently held at the mac, Birmingham. It was the first time in Koestler Trust history that a poem had won the Audience Choice Award, and the 6- week long exhibition had a record 178,412 visitors with the poem receiving lots of positive and genuine feedback from guests, including experienced artists and writers.
Student of the Year Awards 2017
Following a successful nomination, David, a student at HMP Stocken, received the ‘Offender Learning Student of the Year’ award at the Milton Keynes College Student of the Year Awards 2017, which took place on Thursday 25th May at Woburn Abbey Sculpture Gallery. The award was collected on his behalf by his proud mother and auntie, who travelled from Nottingham to attend the ceremony.
Success stories from HMP Spring Hill Professional Cookery Learners
Sharing testimonies is the best way to show the progress and achievement of students studying within MK College Offender Learning. Some of the students who chose professional cookery under Head Chef Adrian Francis share their journeys.
Double Graduation at HMP Oakwood
HMP Oakwood recently celebrated two graduations last week for RMF and HAWK Academy students. The event kicked off with some encouraging words from a very proud Sue Jones, Education Manager, followed by Ann Marie Conlon-Taylor, Head of Employer Engagement for OLASS, speaking to the learners about the importance of the Employment Academies with in the prison and the amazing opportunities they open up for them on release.
Teach Too - Encouraging people from industry to spend some time teaching
Milton Keynes College: Offender Learning is pleased to announce that it has been successful in its bid to run a Teach Too Project funded by the Association of Colleges. Working with their partner organisations, Wamitab and RMF Construction, the Teach Too project will give employees from all three of the partner organisations the opportunity to be part of the project.
Prisoners EX-CELL in new venture at HMP Coldingley
Steve Head, Horticulture Tutor at HMP Coldingley, and his team of students have been developing and planning the launch of a new horticulture business based within the prison. The business offers up-cycled garden products to the general public made from pallet wood and washing machine drums, along with the more conventional garden produce, shrubs and vegetables.
Support for Veterans in Custody in the Thames Valley
Milton Keynes College Community Rehabilitation teams have been working in partnership with Thames Valley CRC for over two years. In this time we have provided support for over 4000 prisoners a year both within their first five days in custody and the 12 week period prior to release. We help prisoners to plan and deliver practical support across key pathways including housing, finance, benefits, debt, employment, education and training. We also offer support and guidance for sex abuse and domestic violence victims. We ensure that they are linked with their Responsible Officers in the community prior to release.
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.