Our commitment to reducing offending

Tackling the underlying causes of crime and offending

We’re committed to tackling the underlying causes of crime and offending, and to giving offenders and ex-offenders a second chance.

We have more than 350 people working across prisons in the East of England to help people with a criminal record develop skills and qualifications both in prison and after release. We are the largest private provider of the Offender Learning and Skills Service.

For those seeking support after leaving custody, we can help them get free, independent advice on debt issues through our national Money Advice Service. We also help them find work through contracts like the Work Programme – where individuals can sign-up for employment support before being released. Additionally, we are working with employers throughout the UK to improve the recruitment practices and the job prospects of offenders, as part of the Employers’ Forum for Reducing Re-offending.

Offender Learning and Skills Service

As the largest independent provider of education in prisons, we provide over two million hours of learning and vocational training each year. We are currently working with 9,100 offenders in ten prisons, delivering high quality courses that range from basic literacy to the arts.

Every year the Skills Funding Agency invests over £100m delivering education and training in prisons across England and Wales. The Offender Learning and Skills Service is available to all serving prisoners and offers a range of training opportunities.

We also offer over 600 different qualifications ranging from a BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment to a GSCE Mathematics and a Diploma in Painting and Decorating.

Where we work

We work with all prisons in the East of England to deliver the Offender Learning and Skills Service:

  • Bedford
  • Bure
  • Chelmsford
  • Hollesley Bay
  • Littlehey
  • Norwich
  • The Mount
  • Warren Hill
  • Wayland
  • Whitemoor