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.