The Academy is different to traditional prison education; developing partnerships before implementing the curriculum by listening to employer feedback and using government data sources. This enables the College to identify where jobs currently exist and which occupational areas are likely to see growth, tailoring qualifications to meet today’s job markets and training offenders to fill any skill gaps.
The College currently has Employment Academies working in:
- Hospitality & Catering
- Furniture Production
- Plans to expand and incorporate Logistics
Support and development
The Academy develops key skills of learners, including:
- Self-motivation and commitment
- Positive attitude
- Willingness to learn
- Ability to multi task
- Demonstrate reading, writing and numeracy skills
The Academy highlights offenders who are keen to develop these skills whilst in custody and provides them with a network of support from custody through the gate. This involves education and skills development as well as working on any personal barriers which may preclude them from the job market.
The Employment Academy works to assist in supporting offenders to access real work opportunities in prison and to re-enter the employment market upon their release.
“Working in the MKC Employment Academy with real companies has given me hope that I can have a future that enables me to support myself & get a job when I get out”
“Having Greggs involved in the Milton Keynes College Academy has given me hope that not all employers will judge me on my past offence and that I do have a second chance”
For more information about Milton Keynes College’s OLASS provision, get in touch via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01908 684444.
Find out more about Employment Academies with the latest newsletter.