Offender Learning, Skills and Employment
30 Mar 2010
High standards for adult and youth offenders. 6th annual conference. Held at Grand Connaught Rooms, London

This conference addressed the challenges facing prison governors and education providers in the midst of public spending cuts.

Programme
09:50
Mike Thomas, Chair, Association of Youth Offending Team Managers
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:00
Sue O’Hara, National Director for OLASS , Learning and Skills Council
OLASS 3 and integrated employment and skills through the gate

10:20
Merron Mitchell, Senior Vice Principal - Offender Learning, The Manchester College
More for less: a practitioner’s view on retaining quality

10:40
Pat Jones, Director, Prisoners' Education Trust
Prisoners as learners; voice and potential

11:00
Bob Ashford, Head of Youth Justice Strategy, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
Providing post-sentence support for offenders

11:20
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Donald Rae, Assistant Director, Children and Younger Adults Department, Derbyshire County Council and REACT programme
Machinery of government changes and educating young people in custody

12:15
Phil Farrell, Development Manager, OCNER
Curriculum delivery and keeping abreast of changes

12:30
Deidre Dobbs, Goals UK CIC
Motivating the motivators

12:45
Panel discussion: Coherency and a seamless education service across prisons
Ross Hoar, Development Co-ordinator, Learning and Skills Service, Southampton City Council Merron Mitchell, Senior Vice Principal - Offender Learning, The Manchester College

13:15
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:05
Does business have the appetite to support the employability of people with convictions during a recession?
Edwina Hughes, Social Regeneration Manager, Business in the Community Geoff Smith, Operations Performance Leader, Defence Police and Prisons, Compass Group

14:25
Lorna Hadley, Head of Vulnerable Young People and Youth Offending in Newham, Deputy Chair, AYM
Information flows: YOTs, secure estates and local authorities

14:40
Shan Nicholas, Development Director, Criminal Justice, Transition to Adulthood Alliance
18-24: the forgotten age group

14:55
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Vocational Learners Key Issues Seminar 1: Links between substance misuse and ETE
Clive Emmet, Essex Service Manager, Westminster Drugs Project

15:30
Vocational Learners Key Issues Seminar 2: The Qualifications and Credit Framework
Angela Joyce, Senior Policy Manager, Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

15:30
Vocational Learners Key Issues Seminar 3: IAG delivery in prisons
Ross Hoar, Development Co-ordinator, Learning and Skills Service, Southampton City Council