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In September 2015 we launched our new organisation, Novus, as a response to feedback from colleagues, partners and stakeholders.

The introduction of our not-for-profit social enterprise followed 20 years of operating as The Manchester College, during which time we became the market leader in offender education, training and employability services.

As a standalone organisation within the LTE group, we will build have built on our proud history whilst strengthening our position as experts in the sector. In this video, Managing Director Peter Cox and Chief Executive John Thornhill guide you through Our Story.

  1. Pre-April 1993

    Manchester City Council (LEA) delivering education at HMP Manchester.

  2. 1999

    Success and expansion to work in 22 prisons across the North West, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire and Midlands.

  3. 2000

    Commence services to offenders in the community in partnership with Probation and Youth Offender Teams.

  4. 2008

    August: The Manchester College is created out of merger.

  5. 2012

    OLASS 4 contract secured by The Manchester College for North West, North East, Kent & Sussex and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions.

  6. 2015

    We secure contracts to deliver education in 3 out of 4 Young Offender Institutions in England.



  7. 2015

    We start a new contract to deliver OLASS service in all London prisons, taking the number of locations in which we operate to over 100

  8. 2015

    September: Launch of our new Novus organisation

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Novus has built successful and effective partnerships that work to the benefit of offenders and ex-offenders.

From the long-standing working relationships to the more recent partnerships we have forged, we are delighted to join forces in transforming the lives of children, young people and adults through the provision of high quality learning and employability skills.

Working with the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the National Offender Management Service as well as a wide range of visionary charities and organisations, we strive to raise our learners’ aspirations, support them back into purposeful activity, prepare them for the world of work and consequently reduce the risk of re-offending.

Our partners offer crucial strategic input into the delivery of our services and provide an insight into their sector, ensuring Novus evolves and our work remains of the highest quality.

We are always open to new and innovative ways to extend our reach and put even more people on the path to a crime-free future, so if you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch.

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