Careers

Our unique organisation has become the UK market leader in offender education, training and employability services over the last 20 years.

Novus offers valuable benefits for employees in terms of facilities, resources, the breadth of the curriculum we provide and progression opportunities. However, we offer more than size and scope. We give a sense of belonging to an organisation that cares passionately about its values and its people, in an environment where they can make a genuine difference.

The Two Tick symbol demonstrates that we are positive about disabled people, and encourage job applications from people with disabilities. We are also a Living Wage Employer, which means every colleague earns not just the minimum wage but the Living Wage, which is an hourly rate set independently and update annually.

Novus hold Investors in People (IiP) Silver accreditation, improving business through people.

Our colleagues can use You at Work’s ‘PlusYou’ system for discounts at a wide range of retailers, including many popular high street stores. PlusYou also offers access to two flexible benefits – Cycle to Work and Childcare Vouchers.

The Cycle to Work scheme provides colleagues with a bike, tax-free, to encourage colleagues to be environmentally-friendly.

If colleagues have children aged up to 15 (16 if they have a disability) who attend a registered child minder, nursery, play scheme, after school club or summer club, they can sign up for Childcare Vouchers and start saving.

There is a wide and diverse range of roles across the organisation. From teaching and training to support services and marketing and everything in between, there has never been a more exciting time to join us in our mission to improve lives and economic success through learning and skills.

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Here Are Some Of Our Team

Virtual Campus Project Manager, Young People’s Estate
Jayne Salford

My journey started in 2008 as an Administrative Officer for Her Majesty's Prison Service, working in a range of departments at HMP Buckley Hall.  I then moved into offender learning in 2011, running the Virtual Campus and delivering ICT sessions. 

In 2014, I became the Virtual Campus Project Manager for the Young People’s Estates, working on a development team to produce a new Virtual Campus portal and to support its implementation. 

After a short time my role was expanded to cover the Virtual Campus in the Adult Estate in the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire.  I enjoy my role and overcoming challenges that the Virtual Campus brings on a daily basis.

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Deputy OLASS Manager, HMP Risley
Caroline Harland

My journey began with a Design degree, specialising in ceramics and glass, in Liverpool in 1996, followed by a PGCE whilst teaching at a village school in South Wales.  I then became a ceramics teacher at HMP Risley, encouraging and enhancing the creative skills of our learners and teaching Art to women on the Hospital wing.

I started to cover ICT classes, so I decided to study for my ICT qualifications at night school. I was lucky enough to get a position in ICT and this increased to full time in 2004. Since then, as my department has grown I have progressed to Team Leader and then Senior Team Leader prior to taking my current role. I have a committed team and they have supported me throughout.

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Student Support Worker, HMP Wealstun
Amanda Picker

I coordinate the offenders’ learning journey from induction through to their final pre-release courses.  I manage a drop-in surgery to review next step actions to ensure the smooth sequencing of learning that best suits the needs of the offender.  I have a broad understanding of all courses which I use to help learners make the link between what they need to achieve and career aspirations.

I have a wide range of experience working with young offenders, women and now adult male prisoners. 

I enjoy working in the justice sector because it feels like working in a community.  You have to expect the unexpected and every day is different from the last.

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Business Support Team Leader
Ioanna Bates

Our Business Support Team works with all sections of the business to assist the central team, maintain communication, arrange travel, meetings and conferences for our colleagues.

I meet and speak to many colleagues when advertising and organising training and employee development for Novus. We are the first point of contact for colleagues' training queries. 

The team has grown in size and experience, and we now offer professional qualifications ranging from PTLLS to Lead Assessor. We aim to ensure all staff have the opportunity to access professional development by providing a friendly and efficient front line service.

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Education Manager, HMP Manchester
Amina Bodhania

Over the last nine years I have held a wide variety of positions, working with offenders of all age groups, from young offenders to adults. This experience has been gained in an equally diverse range of establishments, from open to high security.

The common factor is an enduring belief that learning and the welfare of our offenders lies at the heart of everything we do. I consider myself privileged to lead a versatile and committed team.

Our team consistently puts the offender first in a varied and sometimes challenging environment, where no day is the same.

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OLASS Manager, HMP Leeds
David Tilley

Before working within the OLASS provision, I spent 22 years serving in HM Forces, travelling around the world and picking up invaluable life skills and qualifications.

Upon leaving HM Forces, I started as an Assistant Manager VT at HMP Wetherby, serving three years.  I was then fortunate enough to progress to the role of Deputy OLASS Manager at HMP New Hall, an outstanding working environment that brings a sense of value and meaning to a job.

The justice sector is an amazing place to work and there are opportunities abound to help make a difference if you want them.

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OLASS Manager, HMP Humber
Darren Rodgers

I am fortunate to have returned to the establishment where I began my career in the justice sector, 16 years earlier. Having graduated from art college in 1999, I began teaching part-time as an art tutor and then over the years became Head of Art and subsequently the Deputy OLASS Manager.

I have experienced working in many establishments throughout my time within the justice sector, all of which have provided some immeasurable life experiences which have enriched my career. I continue to practice as an artist outside of my role, showing artworks across the country.

I aim to blend the practical experience of OLASS and my natural inclination to be creative into my role, thus enabling a positive, enriched environment in which learners can achieve.

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Deputy OLASS Manager, HMP Lewes
Joanne Alexander

I have been the Deputy OLASS Manager at HMP Lewes for four years, working under several inspirational managers. Before moving to this position I was an English teacher and Head of Year at a large secondary school.

There is less difference than you might think between teaching and managing in a school and doing the same in a prison!

Novus is committed to raising the aspirations of offenders with high quality education, training and employability services and I am delighted to be a part of it.

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Novus has built successful and effective partnerships that work to the benefit of offenders and ex-offenders.

From the long-standing working relationships to the more recent partnerships we have forged, we are delighted to join forces in transforming the lives of children, young people and adults through the provision of high quality learning and employability skills.

Working with the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the National Offender Management Service as well as a wide range of visionary charities and organisations, we strive to raise our learners’ aspirations, support them back into purposeful activity, prepare them for the world of work and consequently reduce the risk of re-offending.

Our partners offer crucial strategic input into the delivery of our services and provide an insight into their sector, ensuring Novus evolves and our work remains of the highest quality.

We are always open to new and innovative ways to extend our reach and put even more people on the path to a crime-free future, so if you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch.

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