New learning scheme for young offenders

Wetherby Young Offender Institution. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
Wetherby Young Offender Institution. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

The Manchester College has been awarded the education contracts for three Young Offender Institutions - HMYOI Wetherby, HMYOI Cookham Wood and HMYOI Werrington - Justice Minister Andrew Selous has announced.

The new scheme, which will start next March for under-18s, will aim to increase the amount of hours young people spend in classes.

Peter Cox, Director of Commercial Development at The Manchester College, said: “I am very excited that these contracts will allow us to expand and continue our work to further improve services for young people and help reduce reoffending.”

The contracts will provide the same quality of education as mainstream schools and colleges, including classroom teaching and vocational education with routes into apprenticeships.

Maths, English and computing will all be taught along with tailored learning packages, physical education and work experience.

The Manchester College will increase its activity in Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) and work closely with partners to continue to raise the aspirations and skills of young people in custody.

Justice Minister Andrew Selous commented on Ministry of Justice website: “Young offenders present some of the biggest challenges in our society.

“Their time in custody can be one of the only opportunities we have to turn their lives around and prevent them reoffending.

“High quality education and training in the youth estate is absolutely vital, which is why we are reforming the culture of YOIs to put learning at the centre and doubling the amount of time young offenders spend in the classroom.

“These new contracts will help drive up standards across the youth estate and give young people the right skills and training to lead productive lives, free from crime.”