Novus is committed to helping children and young people to successfully integrate back into the community upon release.
Key partner Kinetic Youth runs the resettlement and engagement activity, making sure learners are motivated and engaged, and encouraging them to attend classes. The Kinetic team also communicates with young people who do miss classes, to determine the reasons and discuss them with a view to finding a resolution.
We have a dedicated student support worker who liaises with young people from Greater Manchester who are coming back into the community. Where possible we signpost them to The Manchester College.
Novus is also a partner in the Turnaround To Work Project, which is supported by the Youth Justice Board. The scheme is designed to reduce the levels of youth offending by providing young people with short work placements upon their release from custody.
'Darren' Thriving In Apprenticeship
When 'Darren' finished his Novus studies and was released from HMP/YOI Deerbolt, he was presented with a life-changing opportunity.
The Offender Management Unit was involved in identifying which offenders at the Young Offender Institution, with less than six months left to serve, would be good potential candidates for an Apprenticeship.
Darren took part in an Apprenticeship workshop and from this session he was identified for the Apprenticeship vacancy and interviewed. Following his interview Darren secured an Apprenticeship with Groundwork North East.
Offenders Pitch Ideas To Entrepreneurs
An innovative spin on the hit television programme Dragons’ Den has given offenders at HMP/YOI Feltham the opportunity to pitch ideas to entrepreneurs and produce business plans that can be used upon release.
Novus Business Tutor Olivia Hepburn worked in conjunction with non-profit training organisation Principles in Finance to put together the event. The charity visited her Business class several times to mentor offenders, and the ideas were taken forward by Olivia, who joined Novus in 2014.
The standard was so high that the panel decided to expand the number of winners from one to three. The successful young men will have access to one-to-one mentoring from business leaders.
Novus By The Numbers
Novus offender learning courses have 88% positive outcomes. This is testament to the hard work of staff and offenders alike.
Novus has built a network with youth custody partners which helps children and young people return to purposeful activity.
The contracts we earned in 2015 to deliver 30 hours of education per week in three of England's four Young Offender Institutions are an example of the way in which we work closely with partners to provide learners with vital knowledge, training and employability skills.
We are always open to new and innovative ways to extend our reach and give even more young people the chance to embark on a crime-free future, so if you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch.Partner with us