Prisons: Training

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which companies were contracted by his Department to provide training for (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each of the last five years; and what his Department's expenditure on companies contracted to train (i) prisoners and (ii) prison staff has been in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which companies were contracted by his Department to provide training for (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each of the last five years; and what his Department's expenditure on companies contracted to train (i) prisoners and (ii) prison staff has been in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Private Prisons:

The price paid for running private prisons does not include a breakdown of costs for training. Private prison contractors are required to provide training for both prisoners and staff in line with Prison Service Instructions (PSIs) and Prison Service Orders (PSOs) as part of their contracts.

Public Prisons:

The companies that were contracted to provide training for prisoners in the last five years are:

PERTEMPS PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT GROUP

ST GILES TRUST

THE FOUNDATION TRAINING COMPANY

THE CLINK RESTAURANT COMPANY

PRISON RADIO ASSOCIATION

SERCO GROUP PLC

PERTEMPS PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT GROUP

WORKING LINKS

MERSEYSIDE PROBATION TRUST

LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND PROBATION TRUST

LONDON PROBATION TRUST

WEST YORKSHIRE PROBATION TRUST

SOVA

TRIBAL GROUP PLC

THE MANCHESTER COLLEGE

A4E CONSULTING LTD

SOUTH YORKSHIRE PROBATION TRUST

THE MERSEYSIDE COMMUNITY REHABILITATION COMPANY

THE WEST YORKSHIRE COMMUNITY REHABILITATION COMPANY

THE DERBYSHIRE LEICESTERSHIRE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND RUTLAND COMMUNITY REHABILITATION COMPANY

The companies that were contracted to provide training for staff in the last five years are:

The Fire Service College

Roffey park Institute

Ashbourne assessments

QA Ltd

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Common Purpose UK

City of Bristol College

Berkshire Consultancy Ltd

Learn Direct (was JHP Group Ltd)

National Construction College (CITB-ConstructionSkills)

RTW Training Services Ltd

Leeds College of Building

Cambridge University

Behavioural Measures UK Ltd

CQM Learning Ltd

Capita

Total spend for prisoners training:

2009 / 10

2010 / 11

2011 / 12

2012 / 13

2013 / 14

N/A

N/A

£40,852,860.56

£28,545,826.02

£26,224,572.48

Total spend for staff training:

2009 / 10

2010 / 11

2011 / 12

2012 / 13

2013 / 14

£1,196,652.55

£1,201,946.52

£3,278,174.07

£3,100,465.41

£2,360,469.02

Spend above includes all spend with each of the suppliers listed above so may include some elements that are not purely training. There is a reduction in the amount spent on prisoners training between 2011 and 2014. The majority of the money for prisoner training comes from European Social funding (ESF). There was an overlap in 11/12 of two rounds of ESF funding which is reflected as a higher amount in the annual totals. NOMS funding remained relatively stable throughout the period at around £5m.

The cost of much education in prisons falls to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills

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