COVID-19 and national restrictions meant we needed to quickly respond to a new way of delivery in prison education. Our teams have worked tirelessly to create workbooks and provide new ways of working so that we can continue to support our learners with access to education to enable them to achieve the best outcome they can.
We are working closely with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and Youth Custody Service (YCS) to create a COVID-safe programme of learning that has the health and safety of our learners and colleagues at its heart, just as other education settings are doing across the country. Health and safety is an area of critical importance to us and our central Group COVID team has been in continuous operation since the beginning of the pandemic managing and monitoring all risks and issues rigorously and consistently.
For almost 30 years, Novus has worked with offenders providing them with the foundations they need to improve their future.
These foundations are the essential, functional skills we all need to fully participate in society. They are a helping hand back into education and the educational enrichment experiences that promote self-confidence and self-knowledge. They are the support services that ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to progress and achieve. And they are the individual pathways towards careers with a future, the vocational skills they need and the opportunities to gain sustainable, paid employment and progress.
They are the foundations for change.
Once we've ensured that prison leavers are ready for the next step, we connect employers with skilled candidates that are ready to start work and are motivated to build a career.
We support many employers to recruit the right people with the right skills through our flexible recruitment service. And at no cost to the employer.
Working together with prisons, education providers, health providers and probation services Novus is delivering the foundations for change.
Our services provide men and women with the education, skills, support and opportunity they need to unlock their potential, gain employment, and become assets to their communities.
Education, skills, support and opportunity can transform individual prisoners’ lives and those of their families. It can also benefit society. Together, we’re building safer communities and helping to reduce the significant financial and social costs arising from re-offending.