Our vision is to provide prisoners with a well-balanced range of employment and training opportunities that will help improve their chance of securing employment upon release and therefore reduce the likelihood of re-offending. We aim to provide a high quality provision in a safe, secure and mutually respectful environment for both prisoners and staff to work in. We will achieve this through continuous development and through ensuring our staff have the necessary skills and attributes to deliver the desired outcomes.
There are part-time and full time positions available for prisoners in the four industries workshops, undertaking various light assembly and packing contracts. There is opportunity to progress from a general worker to a technician, quality controller or peer partner.
Prisoners can attain an NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations at levels 1 & 2 whilst at work and they can also work towards Health & Safety qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
There is a busy prison laundry where prisoners can work towards an NVQ in Laundry Techniques level 1 & 2 whilst ensuring the prison is kept clean.
A small print workshop provides an in-house copying service to all departments and to some external clients.
The current trades provided in our Vocational Training Workshops are
Painting & decorating
These can lead to City & Guilds Industry recognised qualifications. Construction skills will be expanding in the latter half of 2010 to include bricklaying, plastering, tiling and electrical installation.
Our horticulture department employs up to 25 prisoners during its busiest time. As well as keeping the prison grounds looking pristine, prisoners can gain City & Guilds horticulture qualifications and NVQs whilst at work. There is a new raised bedding area growing organic vegetables for use in the training kitchens and on family day events and over the next 12 months the new polytunnel will help the department to become more self-sufficient by growing more from seeds and cuttings.