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

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.

Programme
09:50
Lord David Ramsbotham GCB CBE, President, Unlock
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
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

10:15
Iris Flaum, Head of Funding Policy, Skills Funding Agency
Understanding the new funding landscape: outcome-based funding

10:30
John Hewitson, Lead Governor, HM Prison Styal
Turning the new strategy set out in ĎMaking Prisons Work: Skills for Rehabilitationí into real operational effect

10:45
Nina Champion, Learning Matters Project Manager, Prisoners Education Trust
Models of learner voice: results of the Prisonersí Education Trustís national survey

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:40
Jen Walters, Managing Inspector, Judicial and Offender Learning, Ofsted
The new revised inspection methodology

11:55
Jen Walters - Questions and discussion
12:00
Debbie Leach Head of Learning and Interventions, HMPS Blantyre House and HMP/YOI East Sutton Park
Securing suitable and sustainable employment

12:01
Carollyn Lascelles East Sutton Park HMPS
Securing suitable and sustainable employment

12:02
Maggie Walsh Director, A Fairer Chance
Securing suitable and sustainable employment

12:03
Debbie Leach - Closing remarks
12:20
Abi McDonald, Senior Business Development Manager, Justice, Ingeus
The work programme and ex-offenders

12:35
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

13:00
Buffet lunch and networking
14:00
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

14:20
Peter Cox, Vice-Principal, The Manchester College
Best Practice: improving skills, increasing self esteem and providing a supportive learning environment

14:40
Jan Agger, Head of Training and Employment, Fusion21
Employer case study: overcoming the issues facing employers

14:50
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

15:00
Chair's Closing Remarks Lord David Ramsbotham
15:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:40
Seminar 1: Case study: peer-to-peer call centre
Maria McNichol, Senior Manager, Prison Projects, St Giles Trust; Roisin Keville, St Giles Trust

15:40
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

16:30
Close of conference
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