East Midlands Regional Awards and Celebrations

Learners, mentors and staff were rewarded for all their hard work and commitment at the recent MK College OLASS East Midlands Celebration held at Colwick Hall in Nottingham.

Thu 12 Oct 2017 - posted by administrator

Learners, mentors and staff were rewarded for all their hard work and commitment at the recent MK College OLASS East Midlands Celebration held at Colwick Hall in Nottingham.

A combination of 70 staff and prison colleagues attended the event to celebrate the growing success within the region at an event which gave the team a chance to look back on a fantastic year.

Guest were warmly welcomed by Phil Harris, Deputy Director, East Midlands Offender Learning, and the MK College team were acknowledged for their commitment and tremendous work across the East Midland prison estate ‘transforming lives through learning’ with Phil encouraging everyone to strive for further success in the years to come.

Jacob Hill, Founder of Offploy, then spoke to guests at the event, sharing both his early career successes and his later life challenges. Jacob talked about the effect of his time in prison, working as a mentor and helping other prisoners and, following his release, launching his current venture, Offploy - helping offenders into work.

The event continued with the presentation of a range of awards including Claire Hampsen winning the Leaders’ Award, Sue Bance, Regional Head of Learning and Skills winning the Partnership Award, Beckie Rowland (Greggs) winning the Employment Support Award, Sally Duffen winning Teacher of the Year and a special mention for HMP Whatton for achieving Outstanding at Ofsted.

Commenting on the day, Sally Alexander, Executive Director, Offender Learning, said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the continuing improvements and successes across the region in what are ever more challenging circumstances. Everyone continues to be brilliant, working to achieve the best outcomes for their learners, and this is truly inspiring.’

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