8th Offender's Learning, Skills and Employability Conference #offender12
17 May 2012

Headline Speakers

In May 2011 the Government proposed reforms to the adult offender education system with a greater emphasis on the results that education and training delivers for offenders.

Subsequently, policy and funding opportunities made available through the Work Programme, Youth Contract and apprenticeships, have further highlighted the benefits of skills and employment to rehabilitation.

But although plenty of progress has been made during financially constrained times, there is still much to be learnt in achieving best practice in the delivery of learning and skills training both within secure units and increasingly through community sentences.

View this national conference online to hear key speakers from government; the secure estate; probation; business; education and local government debate the issues and set out the strategy for offender learning.

Lord David Ramsbotham GCB CBE, President, Unlock
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Richard Ward, Offender Skills and Employment Team Leader, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Breaking the cycle of re-offending through learning and skills

Iris Flaum, Head of Funding Policy, Skills Funding Agency
Understanding the new funding landscape: outcome-based funding

John Hewitson, Lead Governor, HM Prison Styal
Turning the new strategy set out in ‘Making Prisons Work: Skills for Rehabilitation’ into real operational effect

Nina Champion, Learning Matters Project Manager, Prisoners Education Trust
Models of learner voice: results of the Prisoners’ Education Trust’s national survey

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Jen Walters, Managing Inspector, Judicial and Offender Learning, Ofsted
The new revised inspection methodology

Jen Walters - Questions and discussion
Debbie Leach Head of Learning and Interventions, HMPS Blantyre House and HMP/YOI East Sutton Park
Securing suitable and sustainable employment

Carollyn Lascelles East Sutton Park HMPS
Securing suitable and sustainable employment

Maggie Walsh Director, A Fairer Chance
Securing suitable and sustainable employment

Debbie Leach - Closing remarks
Abi McDonald, Senior Business Development Manager, Justice, Ingeus
The work programme and ex-offenders

Panel discussion: Session 2 Securing funding and provision for offender learning, skills and employment within the community: what lessons can be learnt from across the sector?;
What is the future for offenders in the community for accessing learning | Session speakers to be joined by: Debbie Hilton, Director of Crisis Skylight London

Buffet lunch and networking
Working in partnership to break down the barriers to offender learning and skills
Sally Alexander, Director of Curriculum, Milton Keynes College; Gina Reilly, Head of Department: Community and Employment Programmes, Milton Keynes College

Peter Cox, Vice-Principal, The Manchester College
Best Practice: improving skills, increasing self esteem and providing a supportive learning environment

Jan Agger, Head of Training and Employment, Fusion21
Employer case study: overcoming the issues facing employers

Jason Warr, Programme Manager and Research Co-ordinator, User Voice and Former Prisoner
User perspective: the real-life experience of facing the obstacles to employment

Chair's Closing Remarks Lord David Ramsbotham
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Seminar 1: Case study: peer-to-peer call centre
Maria McNichol, Senior Manager, Prison Projects, St Giles Trust; Roisin Keville, St Giles Trust

Seminar 2: The role of distance learning for offenders: adapting the course to the learner
Ros Morpeth, Chief Executive, National Extension College; Dr Shaun McMann, Student Services Manager (Advice & Support), The Open University

Close of conference