Careers

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.

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.

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Here Are Some Of Our Team

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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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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Community Payback Trainer
Ken Martin

I began my career in 2006 as an Outreach Tutor, delivering Basic Skills, IT and Music Technology to offenders in hostels and the National Probation Service.

I also worked as a Tutor for Work Solutions based at Wythenshawe and Bury Probation offices, delivering Literacy and Numeracy and Support with Employment Opportunities for offenders.

I have been working for Novus since 2011, delivering NVQ courses to offenders within the Community Payback Provision of the Community Rehabilitation Company. I enjoy the challenge of supporting offenders to overcome learning barriers and facilitating their rehabilitation from offending behaviour.

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OLASS Manager, HMP Standford Hill
Gary Lyttle

I started in my current role in 2014, after 25 years with the Prison Service.

I am a former England international basketball player and am still involved in the sport in a coaching capacity. Before my HMP experience I spent nine years with the Royal Air Force. Since joining Novus I have been fortunate to meet many great staff and managers who have been only too willing to help to develop my department team and increase my knowledge, for which I am grateful.

I love making a difference and helping learners to achieve and improve their lives.

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Curriculum Manager, HMYOI Wetherby
Kenny Rae

I spent 22 years serving in HM Forces prior to working for Novus. My transition to civilian life was easier than I had imagined.

I started at Novus as a sessional tutor at HMP Nothallerton for two years. I had the opportunity to move to HMYOI Wetherby, where I progressed to Curriculum Manager. With all roles there comes reward, and I am supporting young people, teaching them the skills and attitude required to help them gain employment and not re-offend.

At Novus there is room for progression and different opportunities.

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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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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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Funding & Data Officer, London
Paul Merrifield

My role mainly revolves around working in liaison with OLASS managers, administration teams and student records to ensure contractual data is reported accurately and the corresponding audit evidence is of a high standard.

I joined Novus as an Administration Manager before starting work in my current position. This is my fifth year of working in this environment, having started out as an Administrator on a temporary contract.

I enjoy being part of a diverse and enthusiastic team that is working to transform lives and make a positive impact on society.

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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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