Offender Learning and Skills Service

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.

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.

Way Out TV

Way Out TV is an in cell television communication and education channel that produces the best education content to compliment and extend education, training and employment opportunities and allows prisons to communicate with offenders directly in their cells. To find out more please click here.

“I watch it all the time. Its inspirational brain food” – Cat C Prisoner

“I love Wayout TV – one of the best investment I’ve ever made” HMP Governor

Way2Learn

Way2Learn is a new, ground-breaking way of learning within prison. It allows prisoners who do not feel comfortable in a traditional learning environment or those who would like to study but are already in another education class or allocated to a workshop, or are restricted to their wing, to gain a qualification in their own time and at their own pace from within their cell. To find out more please click here.

“I‘ve learned loads watching Wayout TV. I’d say I’ve learned something every time I’ve watched it. I’m even doing a distance learning course now because of it” Prison Learner, HMP Wayland

Where We WorkWe 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

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

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. 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.

Every time that I visit PeoplePlus, I am astonished by the dedication and support that is provided by Becci and her team. It is right that once a customer starts employment they are continually provided with the support and assistance that enables them to thrive, and I am pleased that this is of paramount importance to PeoplePlus. Well done to Becci and her team on the employment successes that we see here in Hastings and our local communities. I look forward to visiting again in the future.

Amber Rudd
Home Secretary