Vocational and Technical Prison Education For Young People

A high proportion of young people released from custody reoffend within a year. Employment is a key factor in rehabilitation and reducing the risk of re-offending but can be difficult for any young person, let alone a young offender.

Novus equips children with the vocational and employability skills they need so when they return to their communities they are motivated, skilled and ready for work.

Vocational Training For Young Offenders

Our vocational and technical education for young offenders includes vocational training programmes, short courses, taster courses, training workshops and experience-building opportunities matched with local labour market needs and opportunities. 

Embedded English, maths and employability skills training is available to all young people in our care so they can develop a holistic skill set that enhances their learning capabilities and meets employer requirements. 

Vocational training preferred by young offenders 

Research shows that vocational training is often preferred and better attended by young offenders as learners view them as more meaningful and useful than traditional school subjects. 

Support for young offenders 

Children are supported by our skilled and experienced teachers, who are industry experts in their subject, to work towards nationally recognised qualifications and gain industry relevant skills in their chosen career routeway. 

We equip our children with the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress, and open up relevant local work opportunities to them, so that they can move into work in their chosen career path and progress when they return to their communities.

‘Alex’ succeeds in securing a job as a chef at Wagamama

A Novus learner at HMYOI Wetherby has proved that he has all the right ingredients for a successful career after landing a job as a chef at Wagamama, the popular restaurant chain serving oriental cuisine.

‘Alex’, who completed a six-month sentence, his first time in custody, was concerned about his employment prospects and whether he could continue his catering career on release. He had previously worked in a hotel kitchen, having achieved a Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering.

Alex developed his skill level working in the coffee shot at HMYOI Wetherby and achieved additional units of the Hospitality and Catering qualification. He also completed his Barista training, opening up more opportunities on release.