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

Curriculum Manager, HMYOI Wetherby
Saj Mahmood

I started as a sessional member of staff, covering ICT at HMYOI Wetherby before becoming a full-time IT teacher and then Team Leader, introducing a range of new ICT and Business units.

I set up AS level qualifications in ICT and supported the training team with CPDs prior to launching a new moodle for Novus and managing projects nationally. I created IWB training to meet the needs of colleagues, and travelled to number of prisons up and down the country to support employees with CPD and ICT-related issues.

I love the job and cannot wait to see where it takes me next.

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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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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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Community Payback Trainer
Ken Martin

I began my career in 2006 as an Outreach Tutor, delivering Basic Skills, IT and Music Technology to offenders in hostels and the National Probation Service.

I also worked as a Tutor for Work Solutions based at Wythenshawe and Bury Probation offices, delivering Literacy and Numeracy and Support with Employment Opportunities for offenders.

I have been working for Novus since 2011, delivering NVQ courses to offenders within the Community Payback Provision of the Community Rehabilitation Company. I enjoy the challenge of supporting offenders to overcome learning barriers and facilitating their rehabilitation from offending behaviour.

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Tutor, HMYOI Deerbolt
Colin Smillie

I have worked for Novus at HMYOI Deerbolt for more than six years.  I run the Virtual Campus and am also our Digital In-house Trainer, Brand Ambassador and part of a national content Hub project – I like to keep busy!

The best thing about working with young offenders is that no two days are the same; they may be challenging, but engaging with, promoting learning to and offering support to the learners is a very fulfilling role.

Novus offers children and young people in custody the opportunity to change, and lead crime-free lives. It is a pleasure to be a part of that process.

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OLASS Manager, HMYOI Deerbolt
Hilary Speight

I started as a cover tutor in 2008 at HMP Northallerton and have progressed through the organisation, working in sites across the North-East and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions in a variety of roles.  I have been in my current post since July 2014.

Previously I had worked for the Prison Service in an administrative role.  I left to complete my teaching qualifications and when I started my Masters I decided to see if there was teaching work available at HMP Northallerton. There was, and I have been in Offender Learning and the justice sector ever since.

I love the variety, the challenge and most of all the engagement with our learners that my job has to offer.  Throughout my career, I have worked with adults, Category D learners, young people and young offenders; every sector of justice has its own character and brings with it bags of enjoyment.

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Curriculum Manager, HMYOI Wetherby
Kenny Rae

I spent 22 years serving in HM Forces prior to working for Novus. My transition to civilian life was easier than I had imagined.

I started at Novus as a sessional tutor at HMP Nothallerton for two years. I had the opportunity to move to HMYOI Wetherby, where I progressed to Curriculum Manager. With all roles there comes reward, and I am supporting young people, teaching them the skills and attitude required to help them gain employment and not re-offend.

At Novus there is room for progression and different opportunities.

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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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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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