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HMP Wymott recently piloted a new family strategy with support from Novus to strengthen the family links for prisoners in custody. 

Posted on Monday Jun 19

David Lidington - New Justice Secretary


Since the results of the general election last Friday, Liz Truss has been removed from her position as Justice Secretary and a new MP has taken her place, but what should we expect from this newcomer?

Posted on Wednesday Jun 14

Prison Gate - Through The Gate


What is Through the Gate (TTG) and how can it help prevent reoffending? We take a look at what it involves, why it is so important and how you can find out more. 

Posted on Thursday Jun 8


The upcoming UK general election will take place in just over one week. We decided to take a look at both the Conservative and Labour manifestos to see what they are pledging to do for the prisons and probation sector. 

Posted on Wednesday May 31

Up-cycled garden features and plants


Steve Head, Horticulture Tutor at HMP Coldingley, and his team of students have been developing and planning the launch of a new horticulture business based within the prison. The business offers up-cycled garden products to the general public.

Posted on Thursday May 25


Café Britannia founder, Davina Tanner, has teamed up with Surrey reform prison, HMP Coldingley, to open a new café which will be staffed by inmates.

Posted on Monday May 8

A woman gardening


A prison garden initiative, organised by The Clink Gardens at HMP Send, will be displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show to show the benefits of horticulture in rehabilitation. 

Posted on Monday Apr 24

David Dein and Novus Learners


Former Arsenal FC and Football Association vice-chairman, David Dein, held the attention of several Novus learners at HMYOI Cookham Wood with an excellent speech, in which he told them it is possible to have a career in football with a criminal record. 

Posted on Tuesday Apr 18

Fred Sirieix, Novus Staff and Young Offenders


A new partnership led by perhaps the most famous maitre d’ in Britain, Fred Sirieix from Channel Four's First Dates, aims to give young offenders hospitality training to stop them from reoffending and give them a crime free future. 

Posted on Monday Apr 10

HM Prison & Probation Service logo


At the beginning of this week, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) officially replaced the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), but what is HMPPS and how is it different to NOMS?

Posted on Thursday Apr 6

Liz Truss


Plans for two new prisons in South Wales and Yorkshire have been revealed as part of a £1.3bn government pledge to create 10,000 modern prison places by 2020.

Posted on Friday Mar 24

Stack Of Books For OLASS Prisoners


Following an unannounced inspection, Ofsted has praised Novus' Offender Education provision at HMP Wymott for helping prisoners turn their lives around. 

Posted on Wednesday Mar 15

Microphone - Beating Time


UK charity, Beating Time, forms choirs in prisons to give prisoners the skills they need to stop reoffending and successfully reintegrate into society on release. 


Posted on Wednesday Mar 8

HMP Berwyn Image:


The new super prison in Wrexham, HMP Berwyn, will soon take in its first inmates, but what is it and why is it causing such a stir within the media? 

Posted on Tuesday Feb 28



The new prisons and courts bill will give prison governors more control over offender education, rehabilitation and employment and will introduce new performance standards.

Posted on Thursday Feb 23

Milton Keynes College and Offploy partnership


Offploy Justice Personnel has teamed up with Milton Keynes College as their first client. As leaders in the Offender's Learning and Skills Service, Milton Keynes College have placed 164 of their candidates into work. Offploy has pledged to support 250 ex-offenders into employment by 2019.

Posted on Tuesday Feb 21

Paint brushes and paint


Offender learners at Weston College have raised hundreds of pounds for the charity PACT by selling their artwork at a silent auction. 

Posted on Friday Feb 17

Novus with Q Hotels Academy


Novus has launched an exciting new partnership with the Q Hotels Catering Academy at HMP Lindholme to significantly improve learners' job prospects on release. 

Posted on Friday Feb 10

Quarterly Review OlassJobs


During the last quarter, OlassJobs has continued to grow and develop. Our Quarterly Review (November 2016 - January 2017) looks at all of our highlights from the last few months. Read on to find out more. 

Posted on Tuesday Feb 7

St James' Palace


The royal seal of approval is going to be given to two Novus workers for the outstanding work they do within the OLASS sector. 

Posted on Thursday Feb 2

Justice Secretary Liz Truss


Young Novus learners had the unique opportunity to tell Justice Secretary Liz Truss what they want to do in their future careers during her visit to HMYOI Cookham Wood.

Posted on Friday Jan 27

Nottingham Trent University


University students to study alongside prisoners as part of new educational schemes designed to promote learning. 

Posted on Monday Jan 23

Milton Keynes Staff and Ofsted 'Outstanding' grade


HMP Whatton has been the first closed adult male prison to be judged outstanding across all aspects by Ofsted. This includes the OLASS provision provided by Milton Keynes College which was also graded outstanding.

Posted on Friday Jan 20

Novus Cambria logo


On Friday, Coleg Cambria and Novus celebrated the launch of their new education and training partnership – Novus Cambria. 

Posted on Monday Jan 16

Novus workers given Butler Trust award


Congratulations to the Novus staff who have been recognised with the prestigious Butler Trust award for their hard work!

Posted on Friday Jan 13

Halfords logo


Halfords has launched a cycle mechanic training facility at HMP Drake Hall. The scheme is aimed at female prisoners who want to train to be bike mechanics.

Posted on Thursday Jan 12

Clink Charity Restaurant


The Clink Charity has released fantastic new evidence that shows prisoners participating in their hospitality training programmes are significantly less likely to reoffend. 

Posted on Friday Jan 6

Resolutions written on paper


Happy New Year! 2016 is done and dusted and 2017 has taken its place. We reveal our top New Year's resolutions for OLASS in 2017!

Posted on Thursday Jan 5

Dyslexia friendly BDA Quality mark


Congratulations to the Novus education team at HMYOI Werrington! They have helped to make history after being awarded the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark Award.

Posted on Friday Dec 23

Novus teacher wins national award


A Novus teacher, Aleta Blackall, has been named the winner of a prestigious national accolade from the Prisoners' Education Trust.

Posted on Friday Dec 23

Anne Frank's half-sister, Eva Schloss


The incredible story of Holocaust victim Anne Frank has been told by her half-sister and survivor of the genocide, Eva Schloss, at HMP East Sutton Park.

Posted on Friday Dec 23

Novus Managing Director


Peter Cox (pictured), Managing Director of Novus, comments on the government’s prison reform, which outlines proposed legislation earmarked to come into force in early 2017.

Posted on Friday Dec 23

Writing in notepad


Novus has retained its ‘good’ grade from Ofsted for its education provision in HMP Buckley Hall, with learner achievement earning particular praise.

Posted on Friday Dec 23

HMP Buckley Hall sign


Family Day at HMP Buckley Hall gives learners' children the chance to see the work their dads do as part of their studies.

Posted on Tuesday Dec 20

HM Young Offenders Institution - Young Offenders


Recent government research by Charlie Taylor, a child behavioural expert, suggests that education could reduce teenage crime and prevent reoffending. We look at why education is so important for Young Offenders. 


Posted on Tuesday Dec 13

HM YOI - Young Offenders


The government plans to send teenage criminals to secure schools where they can learn English and maths, rather than sending them to prison. 

Posted on Monday Dec 12

Maths equations


Novus has retained its 'good' grade from Ofsted for its educational provision at HMP Onley, with inspectors being particularly impressed with the maths lessons

Posted on Thursday Dec 8

Novus - Offender Learning


Novus has been praised by the Justice Minister for its fantastic work with HM Prison Service at HMYOI Wetherby

Posted on Thursday Dec 1

HMP Wandsworth


Channel 4’s documentary last night, The Secret Life of Prisons, has prompted public shock at the disturbing footage that was secretly filmed by inmates inside UK prisons. 

Posted on Friday Nov 11

OlassJobs sign the armed forces covenant!


As part of our ongoing commitment to providing opportunities to service leavers, OlassJobs is proud to announce that it has signed the Armed Forces Covenant!


Posted on Wednesday Nov 2

Liz Truss visits HMP Thameside - OLASS News


Novus have reported that Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for Justice, has visited HMP Thameside to tour the Novus education facilities.


Posted on Friday Oct 21

Novus Locations


Since starting its Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (London OLASS) contract in London, Novus has had a major impact on the quality of offender learning in the capital. 


Posted on Monday Oct 17

Novus Cambria - HMP Berwyn

A partnership between Novus and Coleg Cambria has been awarded a contract by NOMS Wales to deliver Learning and Skills at HMP Berwyn, the new super-prison in Wrexham.


Posted on Monday Oct 10

Novus change anniversary


Congratulations to Novus! After a highly successful twelve months, today marks it's one-year anniversaryWe look forward to seeing what the next year brings!


Posted on Wednesday Sep 21

MK College Festival of Learning Winners, OLASS


Milton Keynes College won the top award at the Festival of Learning National Project Awards 2016.


Posted on Thursday Sep 15

CFE Olassjobs Logo


Identifying how to successfully prevent re-offending is a major challenge. In a recent report, the Centre for Entrepreneurs investigated the potential of supporting entrepreneurship to reduce reoffending. 


Posted on Friday Sep 2

Prison Reform Trust Logo


British government roll out a £12m liaison and diversion services project throughout the justice sector in the UK, a change welcomed by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT). The project aims to help people with mentally ill health, learning disabilities or autism get the right care in the right place. 


Posted on Tuesday Aug 16

Fresh Start 4U Horton Park


Fresh Start 4U celebrate the progress the project has made since its launch in July 2015. The project has helped many ex-offenders in the past 12-months and looks to help improve the lives of many more as the project continues to grow. 


Posted on Monday Aug 8

Liz Truss - the new Justice Secretary


Key influencers from across the Criminal Justice sector have joined forces to pen a letter to the new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, highlighting the need to continue with current reforms.


Posted on Friday Jul 22

Michael Gove Sacked - OLASS and Justice Sector


The Prisoners' Education Trust report that for the sake of prison education, Gove must “stay involved” in Justice to spearhead reforms in the sector, following his removal as Justice Secretary. 


Posted on Tuesday Jul 19

Pret train offenders across the UK - OLASS News


Offenders across the UK, particularly in women's establishments, are to be trained up as baristas by Pret a Manger staff in the hope of landing a job at the chain when upon release.


Posted on Thursday Jul 7

Falconry in HMYOI Warren Hill, News at OlassJobs

Young Offenders at HMYOI Warren Hill, Suffolk, are being taught falconry, as well as a number of other animal based courses, in a bid to release stress and provide opportunities for work upon release.


Posted on Wednesday Jul 6

HMP Wandsworth News

Education reform is a personal commitment for Ian Bickers, the new governor at HMP Wandsworth, one of the new 'trailblazer' reform prisons.


Posted on Monday Jun 27

Queen's speech - Coates review published alongside


The Prison Education review by Dame Sally Coates was recently published alongside the Queen's speech. We look at some of the major changes involved and how OLASS will benefit.


Posted on Thursday Jun 23

Wrexham Prison - OLASS News


Earlier this year the new prison received its official name, HMP Berwyn, and is set to take its first prisoners in to the establishment in February 2017.


Posted on Thursday Jun 23

Michael Gove, prison education


Michael Gove is slowly but surely transforming prisoner education with the most important reform programme in years.


Posted on Saturday May 28

HMP Channings Wood, OLASS News


HMP Channings Wood received a Certificate of Excellence from the Prison Radio Association for Insider Prison Radio 2015. The certificate was presented to Louise Mitchell, Weston College’s Radio Production tutor.


Posted on Monday May 16

PrisonCloud Tablet


A world-first system called PrisonCloud has been introduced in a prison in Antwerp, allowing prisoners to access the internet, make calls and download films. Could this revolutionise the future of OLASS?


Posted on Tuesday May 10


Frances Crook, in the New Statesman, gives his opinion on the lifting of the reading ban, highlighting that more must be done to help offenders' access to literacy, both in and outside the prison system. 


Posted on Monday Apr 25


Sally Coates recruited some of the first Teach First graduates and is known for turning around a failing academy. Erwin James, from The Guardian, looks at whether she do the same for teaching in jails in this recent article on reviews over prison education.



Posted on Thursday Apr 14


John Casey, from Prison Watch UK, looks at what has happened in UK prisons in the last 5 years. Have the promised changes in prison education had a positive effect yet?



Posted on Thursday Mar 31


Successful prisons could take over failing ones as part of wide-ranging reforms of the criminal justice system, according to Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary.


Posted on Monday Mar 21


Caroline O’Keefe, speaking as a Criminal Justice Voice at the Barrow Cadbury Trust, argues that we need a new gender, equality, and social justice lens for criminal justice rhetoric if it is to truly address the issues which lead to women’s offending.


Posted on Thursday Mar 17


Suzanne Ashman, in the Huffington Post, analyses how the UK prison system can learn from Silicon Valley.


Posted on Wednesday Mar 16


A fascinating article from David Honeywell, 18 years after release from prison, on how education in prison didn't just help him turn his life around, it saved it.

Posted on Wednesday Mar 2


A new 'University style campus' has been opened at HMP Swaleside, called the Open Academy, in one of the many upcoming projects hoping to revitalise education in prisons.


Posted on Monday Feb 29


Alexandra Marks, Chair of the Prisoner Learning Alliance, recently wrote a piece on how freeing up prison education and allowing governors great power could benefit education providers greatly.


Posted on Thursday Feb 25


Sarah Lewis from the University of Portsmouth spent six weeks undertaking research on Bastoy Prison Island – the first ecological prison in the world and home to every category of prisoner regardless of offence, serving up to 21 years. 


Posted on Thursday Feb 18


David Cameron has announced that six 'reform' prisons are to be created in the UK as part of a pilot scheme to tackle high violence and re-offending rates.


Posted on Wednesday Feb 10


Charlie Taylor, head of a government review into youth justice, says prison education 'lacks sufficient focus' on functional skills courses, such as English and Maths.


Posted on Monday Feb 1


The MP for South East Cambridgeshire, Lucy Frazer, says education should be used to form part of future prison sentences.


Posted on Monday Feb 1


Third year undergraduates at Durham University are studying alongside prisoners at high security HMP Frankland, in a unique 10-week module of their Criminology course.


Posted on Monday Jan 25


Milton Keynes College and WAMITAB have formed a partnership to provide fantastic, accredited training for inmates, in the Waste and Recycling Sector.


Posted on Tuesday Jan 19


Following a fantastic night at the Lancaster London, OlassJobs would like to thank the Clink Charity for all of the great work they do for prisoner rehabilitation.


Posted on Monday Jan 18


Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, discusses the importance of getting ex-offenders into work.


Posted on Thursday Jan 7


Milton Keynes College's new Construction Employment Academy has been a huge success for learners based at HMP Hewell Grange, with a 90% employment success rate.


Posted on Wednesday Jan 6


According to a new report, the Government are considering giving inmates in-cell iPads to assist with offender learning and family relationships.


Posted on Sunday Dec 20


Key areas for improvement in Offender Learning have not been addressed, according to the latest Ofsted report - published in December 2015.


Posted on Friday Dec 4


Inside Time report that The Prison Officers Association have given the National Offender Management Service 28 days to rectify a number of dangerous and unlawful practices.


Posted on Thursday Dec 3


Following the news that Victorian prisons' will be closed and sold off for housing, we look at what this will mean for current OLASS employees, prison education jobs and the local population.


Posted on Monday Nov 23


In the latest change to the Justice Sector and Offender Learning, nine new prisons will open in England and Wales - five by 2020 - after the scheduled closure of Victorian jails.


Posted on Monday Nov 9


British crime writer Martina Cole recently visited HMP Thameside to talk about the importance of offender learning.


Posted on Thursday Oct 22


Prison governors could be given greater powers to educate, punish and reform inmates in plans to relax the grip of Whitehall on the current system.


Posted on Tuesday Oct 13


The UK will spend £25m on building a prison on the Caribbean island, so that Jamaican prisoners can be sent home to serve sentences. 


Posted on Sunday Oct 4


Andrew Selous, Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice, speaks about the future of criminal justice at the 15th annual Criminal Justice Management Conference.


Posted on Tuesday Sep 29


In a bid to rehabilitate prisoners, inmates from Leyhill prison could soon be undertaking work in many of Weston-super-Mare's parks.


Posted on Thursday Sep 17


Dame Sally Coates is to carry out a review into how the quality of prison teaching can be improved, in the first step towards Michael Gove's 'earned release' scheme.


Posted on Friday Sep 11


Almost two years on from the original ban, restrictions that prohibited prisoners from receiving parcels containing books have finally been removed.


Posted on Tuesday Sep 8


The construction of a new 'super-prison' in Wrexham, North Wales, has led to over £10million being funnelled into the local economy.


Posted on Thursday Sep 3


As of Monday 17 August, education time for youth offenders under 18 has been increased to a minimum of 30 hours per week.


Posted on Friday Aug 21


Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has revealed that his new single features former inmates from HMP Wandsworth, where his son served time.


Posted on Sunday Aug 16


HMP Peterborough was praised recently by inspectors for a number of improvements, including their resettlement work, but were told to do more in their education work for inmates.


Posted on Sunday Aug 9


Michael Gove has vowed to close down “ageing and ineffective” Victorian jails and sell off their sites to fund new buildings to replace them, in his first major speech on prisons policy.


Posted on Saturday Jul 25


 The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) has called on Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Justice Secretary Michael Gove to extend current Offender Learning and Skills Service (Olass) contracts by a year, to July 2017.

Posted on Wednesday May 20

 In January 2015, the inspection report of HMP Hollesley Bay showed that Learning and  Skills had been rated as ‘Outstanding’ – a huge achievement as none received that rating in the Annual Report 2013/14. 

Posted on Wednesday May 20

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