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

‘Alex’ succeeds in securing a job as a chef at Wagamama

A Novus learner at HMYOI Wetherby has proved that he has all the right ingredients for a successful career after landing a job as a chef at Wagamama, the popular restaurant chain serving oriental cuisine.

‘Alex’, who completed a six-month sentence, his first time in custody, was concerned about his employment prospects and whether he could continue his catering career on release. He had previously worked in a hotel kitchen, having achieved a Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering.

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.

Participants thrived when given the responsibility of planning aspects of the event, while visits from Novus partners also provided interesting activities. Beth Bishop, a creative practitioner, showed learners and their families how to play the ukulele. This allowed those of all ages to explore and be creative, make mistakes and learn, and share experiences.

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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