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.