Project of the Year Award

Milton Keynes College; Offender Learning

2016 National Winner

Employment plays a key role in reducing reoffending, which the Government estimates costs the economy £9.5-£13 billion per year, yet for many people leaving prison, good, sustainable employment is hard to come by.

The team at Milton Keynes College Offender Learning have developed an innovative new approach to tackling the problems of unemployment and reoffending. In partnership with employers and the Prison Service, they have developed and grown training provision and employment opportunities provided by Employment Academies.

Partner employers do their bit by providing good employment opportunities to learners, as well as helping to shape the programme. Employers engaged include Greggs, RMF, Aramark, Interservice, Boots, Whitbread and Timpsons with more joining every month.

The Employer Academies approach is so successful that it has grown rapidly and there are now 20 in prisons across the country taking part. The scheme aims to continue to offer ex-offenders employment opportunities and help in areas such as housing, benefits and healthcare.