MK College courses at HMP/YOI Swinfen Hall prepare Jamie for employment upon release
From the start of his time at HMP/YOI Swinfen Hall five years ago, Jamie has shown great commitment to learning with exceptionally good behaviour, promotion of learning to other prisons and helping other learners and using his own initiative.
HMP Hewell has been shortlisted for the Partnership Excellence – Public/Private sector category at the National Recycling Awards 2018
HMP Hewell’s Waste Management Partnership Academy Team has been shortlisted in the Partnership Excellence (Public/Private sector category) at this year’s National Recycling Awards.
‘Growing Wild’ at HMP Foston Hall
Women at HMP Foston Hall received seed and fungi kits from the Grow Wild Project this year, sowing wildflower seeds and growing fungi under the enthusiastic leadership of their English teacher, Marilyn Carthy. “Give me a subject and I’ll make an English lesson out of it”, Marilyn says - her can do attitude is infectious and she is clearly well respected by the women who enjoy learning with her.
Events & Celebrations Calendar for 2018 - out now!
We are delighted to launch our Events & Celebrations Calendar for 2018. The calendar is an important resource for Milton Keynes College staff and learners, particularly in terms of planning activities to celebrate cultural events, religious festivals and holidays. It also serves to raise awareness of the wider equality and diversity agenda and other issues of relevance to offenders such as health and wellbeing, whilst undertaking learning.
Industry stands together to transform lives…
Employers and key stakeholders from the waste management industry came together recently to celebrate the success of 19 learners who have achieved industry accredited qualifications at HMP Hewell in Redditch; and to officially launch the UK-wide Waste and Resource Management Employment Academy.
Leicester prison cookery teacher wins national award, presented by Sam Bailey
An MK College cookery teacher at Leicester’s HMP Gartree has won a national prison education award, presented by local prison officer turned X-factor winner Sam Bailey. Geoff Sykes, 48, has run the ‘Flavours’ restaurant at HMP Gartree for six years, teaching prisoners culinary skills and helping them gain work experience and valuable qualifications.
HMP Ranby prison teacher wins national award thanks to prisoners’ nominations
An MK College English teacher at Nottinghamshire’s HMP Ranby has won a national education award for her impact on her students’ lives, after being nominated by prisoners themselves. Roxy Ball was named as the overall winner in the Teacher category at the Prisoner Learning Alliance awards held on 14 September. The prize was presented by Sam Bailey, who herself worked as a prison officer at HMP Gartree before auditioning for X-factor.
Hampshire Resident Wins Regional Festival Of Learning Award
MK College learner, Steven Tyrell, from Hampshire has been announced as winner of the Festival of Learning Outstanding Individual Learner award for the London and South East region for his exceptional achievement in adult learning. This award celebrates adults who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.
HMP Stocken raises funds for MacMillan
Wanting to raise money for MacMillan, Mr Perry, a mentor in HMP Stocken’s catering workshop, approached the men on his wing, asking them to donate out of their accounts to buy raffle tickets. The idea, supported by the No.1 Governor, gave the men the chance to win a delicious chocolate cake that they had made in catering and there was no shortage of willing participants!
Imran’s story: My full circle
Life was good. It was April 2007. I was living in a new house, looking after my 4-year-old daughter and building up a good reputation with my employer at the time, the Halifax. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that I was also heading to Jail. Going out every weekend whether it be a football match or just hitting the town usually came hand in hand with a fight at some point of the day. In the space of three months I was involved in two serious incidents which ended up with me sent to jail for 12 months.
Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility at Ardley hosts visit by prison officers
Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Ardley near Bicester hosted an educational tour for teaching staff and prison officers, as part of Milton Keynes College’s Offender Learning programme. The initiative, supported by the Teach Too Partnership and awarding body Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board, aims to encourage people from industry to share their working knowledge and build links between employers and training providers.
Flash Fiction: write a very short story and win a prize
This summer learners across all 27 establishments where Milton Keynes College has a prison education department are being encouraged to enter a 'flash fiction' competition. They have to write a short story of between 400-500 words, with the best entries winning a prize. The competition will be judged by literary agent Robin Jones.
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.
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.
“Employers can play a vital role in keeping young people out of prison”, says Business in the Community
UK charity Business in the Community (BITC) is using the third anniversary of its Ban the Box campaign to call on employers to rethink the way they treat young job applicants with criminal convictions.
MK College OLASS is Delighted to be Finalists in the CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards 2016
The Milton Keynes College Offender Learning Team is delighted to be announced as finalists for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Sustainability and Resource Awards, in the Roger Hewitt Learning and Development Award category.
Saul Pope – Transition from FE to OLASS and looking forward to the future
I joined the MK College OLASS team in May, desperate for a new challenge. I'd been working in General FE for almost a decade before that, first as an ESOL/English lecturer and then as a manager. I was rather fortunate that between my first and second interviews for the OLASS job I caught a cold: I spent three days in bed reading up on prison education and prison reform, becoming more enthusiastic with every hour.
Sally Alexander, Executive Director: Offender learning – Milton Keynes College, shortlisted for MK Women Leaders 2016
Sally Alexander, Executive Director of Offender Learning at Milton Keynes College, has deservedly scooped a finalist place for the prestigious Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards 2016.
Delighted Learner at HMP Nottingham has Artwork Shortlisted for Koestler Awards
HMP Nottingham recently received notice that David Dunstan’s artwork had been chosen to be exhibited at The Supreme Court. From over 6,500 Koestler Awards entries, David’s work is among 25 artworks that have been shortlisted for the exhibition.
Awards Evening Held at HMPYOI Brinsford
A 6th Awards Evening has taken place recently at HMPYOI Brinsford. The Governor and staff at HMPYOI Brinsford are very keen to support Milton Keynes College, and to include families and friends, in raising the profile of learner success; celebrating the achievements that the Young Adults gain.
HMP Parkhurst Receive Its First Level 3 Certificate for Painting & Decorating
Goss, a learner at HMP Parkhurst, has received his Level 3 Certificate for Painting & Decorating, funded by a 24+ student loan. The Level 3 Painting and Decorating certificate is the first for the prison, making it particularly impressive.
HMP Winchester Employment Academy Learner, Mark Simpson, Completes Work Placements with Premier Inn
While serving his sentence at HMP Winchester, Mark Simpson participated in the Premier Inn Employment Academy within the prison. Previously running his own car valeting company, Mark was used to being employed, and strived to use his time in custody positively.
Employment Academy Success for Glen Parva Learner
Arriving at HMPYOI Glen Parva with an 18 month sentence to serve, Daniel’s relationship with his family had broken down and he had very few positive influences in his life. Deciding he would take every opportunity he could to better himself, he was determined to attend all courses on offer to him through Milton Keynes College, including English, Maths and Basic Cookery. Consequently, Daniel was soon offered a job in the prison kitchen, helping to prepare meals for around 600 people a day.
Employment Academy Launches at HMP Foston Hall in Association with Greggs
Celebrating the completion of their training, HMP Foston Hall recently held a presentation event for learners of the Milton Keynes Employment Academy, in association with Greggs. Since the launch in 2012, its direct partnership with prisons has had an outstanding success rate. With Greggs’ continuous support, Milton Keynes College has encouraged prisoners to take a fresh look at their attitude towards employability and focus on opportunities that exist beyond the prison walls. The Employment Academy enables learners to obtain qualifications covering health and safety, food hygiene, manual handling and first aid, as well a full induction to working with Greggs.
English and Maths Success at HMP Foston Hall
HMP Foston Hall has been commended for its excellent success rates in English and Maths; with the Education Department achieving a 100% pass rate in English and a 98% pass rate in maths during recent exams. Following the decision to make English and maths mandatory, the Milton Keynes College team has faced the challenge of working with learners at a variety of ability levels, often with a difficult educational past.
MK College Wins Two Awards For Ground Breaking Project Job Deal
Since 2010, Milton Keynes College has been instrumental in the delivery of a new ground -breaking National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Co-financing/ESF (European Social Fund) project called Job Deal. The NOMS ESF Programme aims to complement the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) in prisons, as well as other employment and skills services.
Success Beyond The Gate
Ben Lewis, a Milton Keynes College Academy learner originally from Bristol, left HMP YOI Glen Parva with confidence and an interest in the hospitality industry due to completing the Catering course. This was developed and delivered in partnership with Milton Keynes College, Greene King & Staffpoint Recruitment Agency, and provided the knowledge and skills to prepare him for working life once released.
Milton Keynes College Delivers Training To HMPS Staff In Isle Of Wight
Milton Keynes College have recently delivered teacher training to 12 prison members of staff from HMP Isle of Wight and HMP Winchester. All attendees had previous experience in the prison industry including working in kitchens, gardens, BICS, and lithography.
Success for Learner at HMP Gartree – OLASS Students of the Year
Following a successful nomination, Richard, a student at HMP Gartree, received the ‘OLASS Student of the Year’ award at the Milton Keynes Students of the Year Awards 2016, which took place on Thursday 26th May at the MK College Bletchley Campus.
Unlocking Potential: A Review of Education in Prison
A Review of Education in Prisons, carried out by Dame Sally Coates, was published on 18th May 2016. This review was commissioned by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice to examine how prison education supports effective rehabilitation of prison learners.
Milton Keynes College Celebrates Timpson Employment Academy at HMP Ranby
As an Early Adopter Reform Prison, one focus for HMP Ranby is improving the opportunities available to offenders to gain employment on release. A key driver of the prison reforms announced on Wednesday 18th May 2016 is to enable offenders to return to society having served their sentence, as productive citizens and so reducing the chance of re-offending. Part of this process will focus on enabling offenders to further develop their education, interpersonal skills, workmanship and self-discipline.
HMP Gartree’s First Ever Street Party
HMP Gartree recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, with the help of the MK College Offender Learning team, deciding that the celebration was going to take the innovative form of an ‘indoor street party’. Stalls and displays lined the halls of the prison promoting various education courses on offer, alongside students from the department’s award-winning ‘Flavours’ restaurant team providing pastries and an exotic finger buffet.
Careers Inspiration (In Custody) Visits Westminister
Clive Anderson, Learning Skills & Employment Manager of HMP Glen Parva and Sarah Bull, National Careers Service Inspiration Manager (prisons) joined Ian Hodgkinson, Derby based builder and Amanda Solloway MP (Derbyshire North) at Westminster this week for a Building Britain’s Future event which showcased bricklaying skills.
Milton Keynes College Introduces Open Awards Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Business at HMP Hewell
HMP Hewell is a complex prison housing around 1100 prisoners in a category B male local prison and around 150 prisoners in a category D resettlement open prison. Education in both areas is delivered by Milton Keynes College with both educational and vocational courses at Entry Level, Level 1 & 2.
Education In a HMPYOI – A Case Study
Many Young Offenders attending prison for the first time find the adjustment to prison regime and the emotional restrictions and stresses of the environment particularly tough; for Kyle, this was a challenge that was too hard-hitting, leaving him confused, angry, depressed and causing him to reject any authoritative figure.
OLASS Tutor Inspires Learners To Gain Employment
Milton Keynes College, in partnership with HMP YOI Brinsford & Interserve, have delivered an Employment Academy that specialises in Industrial Cleaning. The Employment Academy model works to assist in supporting offenders to access real work opportunities in prison and to re-enter the employment market upon their release.
English and Maths CPD and Celebration Showcase
In April 2015, the OLASS West Midlands regional team developed a programme to support and develop the functionality skills of the tutors who deliver the Functional Skills English and Math courses across the prisons in their region. In addition, ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) tutors also took part.
MK College Students Awarded Prestigious Koestler Trust Awards
Learners from across the 28 prisons served nationally by MK College Offender Learning have been awarded a prestigious Koestler Trust Award. From the 8,500 pieces of writing, music, film, fine art and design submitted nationally, 202 MK College students have been selected for an award.
MK College Pilots Citizens Curriculum in Conjunction With NIACE
The National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) recently launched a pilot course, in conjunction with Milton Keynes College, The Manchester College and a number of charities. The course, The Citizens Curriculum, was piloted at HMP Ranby, which is one of a number of prisons where Milton Keynes College manages the education provision.
HMP Whatton Self-Employment Academy Event
Milton Keynes College recently celebrated the achievement of its first Self Employment Academy at HMP Whatton. The event was an opportunity to showcase the introduction of a new Level 1 Business Course to enhance the delivery of other business courses on the curriculum.
MK College & WAMITAB Form Partnership To Provide Accredited Training
A new initiative has been jointly launched, by WAMITAB (the lead awarding body for the waste and recycling industry) and Milton Keynes College Offender Learning, which will provide accredited training to prisoners, enabling them to have the knowledge and skills needed in the current job market.
MK College – Providing Internships and Employment Opportunities Within the Offender Learning Sector
Last summer Aleta Aisagbonh applied for an internship through MK College after looking for an opportunity to develop a career following completion of a law degree. The selection process involved completing an online application, after which successful candidates were invited into the College for an assessment day. This consisted of a Functional Skills English and Maths test, and an observed group activity, which involved building a free standing tower to evaluate teamwork skills. The day concluded with one-to-one question and answer sessions with each Head of Department. Upon completion of the assessment day, candidates were invited back for a series of three interviews with College staff and, those selected to join the internship scheme, were given the option to choose either an Administration or Teaching based internship.
HMPYOI Drake Hall Pilots PSD Course Tailored to the Needs of Female Prisoners
Milton Keynes College, along with other OLASS providers, has worked in partnership with NIACE (National Institute for Adult Continuing Education) to develop a new Personal Social Development (PSD) course tailored specifically to the developmental needs of female prisoners in custody. The course has been piloted at HMPYOI Drake Hall, where Milton Keynes College manages the education provision.
HMP Grendon Horticulture Course For Low IQ Learners
With the majority of people who find themselves in prison claiming not to have had a positive schooling experience, engaging prisoners in education has been a continual challenge for education providers. The offenders at HMP Grendon TC Plus Unit are no exception. The unit, which caters for offenders with low IQ, is ground-breaking in its rehabilitating community therapy work and teaches basic life skills, alongside deeper group therapy and positive re-enforcement, enabling the men to change their lives for the better. With these men shying away from educational opportunities, due to lack of confidence in basic skills, MK College OLASS looked into providing some more practical, skills based courses, to tempt them into seeing education in a more positive and achievable light.
MK College Learners Awarded City & Guilds Medal For Excellence
The Additional Learning Support Team (ALS), based at HMYOI Glen Parva, supports learners who have disabilities or difficulties with aspects of learning. Last year the team nominated three learners for the City & Guilds Medal for Excellence, and two students were shortlisted for awards.
MK College Offender Learning Art Exhibition Opens at MK Gallery
Milton Keynes College Offender Learning Art Exhibition has opened at the Project Space in MK Gallery. The exhibition, a partnership between the Gallery and the College, is showcasing artwork from learners from a number of prisons served regionally by MK College.
MK College AND HMP Woodhill Launch Hospitality & Catering Employment Academy
A Hospitality & Catering Employment Academy has been launched at HMP Woodhill, a partnership between MK College, Aramark and the prison. The Academy incorporates courses in City & Guilds level 1 in Catering & Hospitality, alongside Maths and English, and provides offenders with the opportunity to work in the Catering & Hospitality facility at the prison.
MK College Offender Learning Art Exhibition Opens at MK Gallery
A month long exhibition displaying artwork from Milton Keynes College Offender Learning and Skills students launches at MK Gallery (@MK_Gallery) on the 8th April. The exhibition, a partnership between the Gallery and the College, will showcase artwork from students at HMP Springhill, HMP Hewell, HMP Sudbury, HMP Bullingdon, HMP Grendon, HMP Huntercombe, HMP Long Lartin and HMP Woodhill.
Milton Keynes College and Greggs Providing Employment Opportunities for Offenders
Reducing reoffending is the buzz word of the moment, but what does that really mean? Presently the cost to imprison a person in the UK stands at £65,000 once all costs are taken into account, and then a further £40,000 for each year they are incarcerated.* Research has shown that one of the major factors in helping to reduce reoffending is gaining employment therefore reducing this financial burden on society. So what’s being done to help facilitate this?
Offender Learning Director Welcomes Shadow Minister to MK College
Milton Keynes College successfully delivers Offender Learning (OLASS 4) contracts in three units of procurement across the East Midlands, South Central and West Midlands. Milton Keynes College is one of only four national providers delivering this priority service, and last week hosted a visit from Member of Parliament Dan Jarvis and Andrew Pakes, Labours’ Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South.
MK College and HMP Sudbury Launch Furniture Manufacturing Employment Academy
Milton Keynes College has launched its first Furniture Manufacturing Employment Academy, based at HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire. The Academy is a partnership between the College, the Prison and local businesses Whirlowdale and Webs Training. The Academy enables offenders to experience real work; both within the prison production workshop and in a specialist restoration workshop.
MK College and HMP Oakwood Launch Hospitality & Catering Employment Academy
Milton Keynes College recently launched its first Hospitality & Catering Employment Academy, based at HMP Oakwood. The Academy is a partnership between the college, G4S and Aramark and enables offenders to experience real work; both within the prison kitchen, the staff restaurant and the training kitchen.
MK College – Tailoring Qualifications to Meet Skill Gaps for Offenders Post-Release
Milton Keynes College has been providing offender learning and services to prisons in England for over thirty years. Over the past year the College has launched Employment Academies in 3 of the prisons where it delivers Offender Learning, with more set to open in 2015.
Offenders To Exhibit Artwork at Leading Project Space in MK Gallery
Milton Keynes College’s Offender Learning and Skills (OLASS) team have partnered with MK Gallery to launch an exciting new initiative to display offenders artwork in an exhibition named, “Transformation” which will launch in April next year.
MK College and Trackwork Working Together to Create Education and Employment Opportunities For Offenders
Milton Keynes College, through its Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS), is working with Trackwork to provide education and employment opportunities for offenders throughout prisons in the East Midlands area.
Deputy Director For Offender Learning (East Midland Region), Kevin Straughan, Presents To Local Businesses
Kevin Straughan, Deputy Director for Offender Learning (East Midland Region) at Milton Keynes College recently met with local businesses at the Midsummer Breakfast Club to discuss “Why businesses should employ ex- offenders”.
Help For Rehabilitated Ex-Offenders To Find Employment Through New Employment Academy
In a bid to help rehabilitated offenders find employment, Milton Keynes College has opened its first Employment Academy for learners in custody. The Academy, based at HMYOI Brinsford in Wolverhampton, is a partnership scheme between the College and prison that works closely with local and national employers, and specialist training providers.
Milton Keynes College Inspires the Very Best Management in Offender Learning Sector
Managers from across the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) team at Milton Keynes College have recently joined forces to take part in an “Inspiration Day”, in order to share ideas, spread knowledge and discuss the challenges that leadership within the sector can present.
MK College Judges Employer Award Category For NOOFFENCE! Redemption and Justice Awards
Milton Keynes College, sponsors of the prestigious NoOffence! Redemption and Justice Awards, helps to make up a panel of judges selecting the winner of the 'Employer Award' category which will be announced at The Brewery in London on 1st October.
Young Prisoners Host Dinner for the Red Cross at HMYOI Aylesbury
The food was prepared by Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ Professional Cookery Offender Learning students who work in the Staff Mess at the Prison, supported by Milton Keynes College. The quality and finish of the food was highly praised by all the guests as well as the outstanding service, courtesy and attitude displayed by the learners.