At HMP & YOI Parc, we believe that learning can change lives and alter futures. We raise participation and attainment by setting high standards through high quality learning opportunities. Our provision is available to all prisoners and offers all-inclusive learning which is relevant to individual needs and reflects trends in employment, training and education.
Our Mission Statement of Learning and Skills states:
“We believe that by engaging learners in learning, it changes lives, builds stronger individuals and alters people’s futures. We hope to raise participation and attainment by setting high standards, providing good role models, through high quality learning opportunities, which are relevant to needs, employment, training and education opportunities on release, based on a system that does not discriminate on the grounds of special needs.”
HMP & YOI Parc promotes an integrated multi disciplinary approach to working with learners. The ethos represents a commitment to supporting the learner through their sentence with the understanding that learning and resettlement begins at sentencing and continues beyond the prison gate.
The education department, staffed by qualified teachers employed directly by G4S, delivers the core learning programmes in the education building and also provides and supports distance-learning packages. Learners attend education full-time or part-time and classes are mixed with adults and young offenders. Education is also offered on the residential houseblocks and outlying learning & skills classrooms to ensure that all areas of the population can receive our provision.
The core education programme includes basic skills, vocational training, ICT, creative arts, business, employability skills and distance learning. HMP & YOI Parc also supports a peer mentoring scheme, which enables prisoners to train as classroom assistants; there are currently 30 prisoners carrying out this role.
We have a strong partnership with Careers Wales, who provide a full-time Careers Advisor for the 18+ estate and an additional advisor for the young persons’ estate. We have developed links with Citizens Advice Bureau, Ty Arian and the Prince’s Trust.
All young people (15 – 17) are encouraged to attend Education, which is offered to them in the YP Learning
& Skills Centre. A varied curriculum is available and is introduced after a 5-day induction period. There in an opportunity to discuss individual learning plans and progress on a monthly basis with the senior teacher to ensure adequate progression is being made.
The curriculum in each learning pathway is flexible in its approach with a core of basic skills, impartial careers advice and guidance and skills building. Personal, social and health education provides a forum for personal and emotional well being through promoting an understanding of positive values, attitudes, and social skills.