Education, training and employment

Winner: Bridge to Employment - Thames Valley Probation in partnership with Milton Keynes, East Berkshire Colleges and SOVA

Thames Valley Probation working in partnership with Milton Keynes College provides a ‘Bridge to Employment’ through providing offenders in the community with an individualised service that enables them to access mainstream education, training and employment.

This programme is delivered in several steps, including an assessment, small group and one-to-one provision to reach a standard in literacy and/or numeracy, access to a learning mentor, and employment guidance and support. This is delivered from assessment to achievement.

For more information about this award winning scheme, please contact:

Sarah Mayson, B2E Manager

Thames Valley Probation
Talisman House (Units 9 & 10)
Talisman Business Centre
OX26 6HR

Tel: 01869 328500

Runner-up: Oldham YOS ETE Toolkit, Positive Steps Oldham

Positive Steps Oldham (PSO) delivers the Youth Offending Service, the Connexions Service and significant elements of the Targeted Youth Support Service including teenage pregnancy, substance misuse and positive activities for young people, effectively providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for young offenders.

An ‘Interventions Toolkit’ is available to all young offenders working in Oldham Youth Offending Service and provides a wide range of provision available to support young offenders in order to progress positive outcomes.  This sits alongside a model of practitioner based commissioning which enables case managers to design individual support to meet the assessed needs of individual young offenders.

The programme works with the co-operation of a wide range of partners, including educational and training providers, voluntary and community groups to individual tutors and coaches, to provide an effective, tailored programme to help the young person break the cycle of reoffending.

For more information about this scheme, please contact:

Heather Leech, Practitioner Based Commissioning Manager

Medtia Place
80 Union Street

Tel: 01616 219300