Novus in Custody Prison to Employment

Receiving a custodial sentence is a life-altering event, but it also represents an opportunity to change.

Novus sets offenders on the path to employment by providing high quality offender education, training and employability services, underpinned by functional English and Maths.

We take pride in raising their aspirations and helping them to reach their full potential. We are passionate about the services we provide.

Our dedicated teams up-skill offenders to ensure that when they are released and resettled back into their local communities, they are able to live law-abiding lives.

Case Studies

Learners showcase skills in Family Day event

Learners at HMP Wymott were able to spend time with their loved ones as part of a Novus Family Day at the prison.

The event, co-ordinated by Operational Lead for Families, Sarah Hartley, was the concluding part of a 12-week Family Pathway Programme which runs at the Lancashire establishment. It provided learners with the opportunity to use the skills they developed on the programme and spend five hours with their children.

Learner Lee: Education changed my life

Before his arrival at HMP Onley, ‘Lee’ spent five years in different prisons, where he did not work and did not engage with education. The days felt like they lasted a lifetime and he had low self-esteem.

He reluctantly enrolled onto English and Maths courses with Novus and soon discovered they gave him a sense of purpose. He forged effective working relationships with his tutors, developing good communication skills and the eagerness to learn more.

Lee achieved Level 1 in Maths and Customer Services and Level 2 in English. He also secured a cleaning job within the Education department, which helped him to develop further employability skills.

Novus By The Numbers

Novus is proud to say that over 80% of our provision is rated 'Good' or better by HMIP/Ofsted.

Over 80% of our provision rated good or better by HMIP/Ofsted

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Novus has formed a number of successful partnerships which complement the high quality training and skills we deliver to learners in custody.

Our custody partners supply specialist strategic input into the delivery of our education provision and offer us an invaluable insight into their sector.

They can also provide industry-recognised programmes within custody and support learners ‘through the gate’ into appropriate progression opportunities.

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

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