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Our colleagues can use You at Work’s ‘PlusYou’ system for discounts at a wide range of retailers, including many popular high street stores.

PlusYou also offers access to two flexible benefits – Cycle to Work and Childcare Vouchers. The Cycle to Work scheme provides colleagues with a bike, tax-free, to encourage colleagues to be environmentally-friendly.

If colleagues have children aged up to 15 (16 if they have a disability) who attend a registered child minder, nursery, play scheme, after school club or summer club, they can sign up for Childcare Vouchers and start saving.

There is a wide and diverse range of roles across the organisation. From teaching and training to support services and marketing and everything in between, there has never been a more exciting time to join us in our mission to improve lives and economic success through learning and skills.

Our unique organisation has become the UK market leader in offender education, training and employability services over the last 20 years.

Novus offers valuable benefits for employees in terms of facilities, resources, the breadth of the curriculum we provide and progression opportunities. However, we offer more than size and scope. We give a sense of belonging to an organisation that cares passionately about its values and its people, in an environment where they can make a genuine difference.

The Two Tick symbol demonstrates that we are positive about disabled people, and encourage job applications from people with disabilities. We are also a Living Wage Employer, which means every colleague earns not just the minimum wage but the Living Wage, which is an hourly rate set independently and update annually.

Novus hold Investors in People (IiP) Silver accreditation, improving business through people.

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Here Are Some Of Our Team

Curriculum Manager, HMYOI Wetherby
Saj Mahmood

I started as a sessional member of staff, covering ICT at HMYOI Wetherby before becoming a full-time IT teacher and then Team Leader, introducing a range of new ICT and Business units.

I set up AS level qualifications in ICT and supported the training team with CPDs prior to launching a new moodle for Novus and managing projects nationally. I created IWB training to meet the needs of colleagues, and travelled to number of prisons up and down the country to support employees with CPD and ICT-related issues.

I love the job and cannot wait to see where it takes me next.

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Education Manager, HMP Manchester
Amina Bodhania

Over the last nine years I have held a wide variety of positions, working with offenders of all age groups, from young offenders to adults. This experience has been gained in an equally diverse range of establishments, from open to high security.

The common factor is an enduring belief that learning and the welfare of our offenders lies at the heart of everything we do. I consider myself privileged to lead a versatile and committed team.

Our team consistently puts the offender first in a varied and sometimes challenging environment, where no day is the same.

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Business Support Team Leader
Ioanna Bates

Our Business Support Team works with all sections of the business to assist the central team, maintain communication, arrange travel, meetings and conferences for our colleagues.

I meet and speak to many colleagues when advertising and organising training and employee development for Novus. We are the first point of contact for colleagues' training queries. 

The team has grown in size and experience, and we now offer professional qualifications ranging from PTLLS to Lead Assessor. We aim to ensure all staff have the opportunity to access professional development by providing a friendly and efficient front line service.

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Acting Deputy OLASS Manager, HMP Manchester
Tracey Kennedy

My career in the Justice Sector started in 2004 at HMP Buckley Hall, delivering evening drama classes in what was then a female prison. My first teaching session at Buckley Hall was a revelation and it made me realise for certain that this is where I wanted to be, making a difference to other people’s lives.

After working at HMP Buckley Hall for many years I was promoted to Senior Curriculum Team Leader at HMP Manchester in 2010. This leadership role gave me the opportunity to drive Functional Skills forward and lead an effective team.

I am now an OLASS Manager at HMP Manchester.

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Virtual Campus Project Manager, Young People’s Estate
Jayne Salford

My journey started in 2008 as an Administrative Officer for Her Majesty's Prison Service, working in a range of departments at HMP Buckley Hall.  I then moved into offender learning in 2011, running the Virtual Campus and delivering ICT sessions. 

In 2014, I became the Virtual Campus Project Manager for the Young People’s Estates, working on a development team to produce a new Virtual Campus portal and to support its implementation. 

After a short time my role was expanded to cover the Virtual Campus in the Adult Estate in the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire.  I enjoy my role and overcoming challenges that the Virtual Campus brings on a daily basis.

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Tutor, HMYOI Deerbolt
Colin Smillie

I have worked for Novus at HMYOI Deerbolt for more than six years.  I run the Virtual Campus and am also our Digital In-house Trainer, Brand Ambassador and part of a national content Hub project – I like to keep busy!

The best thing about working with young offenders is that no two days are the same; they may be challenging, but engaging with, promoting learning to and offering support to the learners is a very fulfilling role.

Novus offers children and young people in custody the opportunity to change, and lead crime-free lives. It is a pleasure to be a part of that process.

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Deputy OLASS Manager, HMP Lewes
Joanne Alexander

I have been the Deputy OLASS Manager at HMP Lewes for four years, working under several inspirational managers. Before moving to this position I was an English teacher and Head of Year at a large secondary school.

There is less difference than you might think between teaching and managing in a school and doing the same in a prison!

Novus is committed to raising the aspirations of offenders with high quality education, training and employability services and I am delighted to be a part of it.

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OLASS Manager, HMYOI Deerbolt
Hilary Speight

I started as a cover tutor in 2008 at HMP Northallerton and have progressed through the organisation, working in sites across the North-East and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions in a variety of roles.  I have been in my current post since July 2014.

Previously I had worked for the Prison Service in an administrative role.  I left to complete my teaching qualifications and when I started my Masters I decided to see if there was teaching work available at HMP Northallerton. There was, and I have been in Offender Learning and the justice sector ever since.

I love the variety, the challenge and most of all the engagement with our learners that my job has to offer.  Throughout my career, I have worked with adults, Category D learners, young people and young offenders; every sector of justice has its own character and brings with it bags of enjoyment.

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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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