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Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons manage employment, education and training systems; and at what standard those systems are running.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Education and training is available in all prisons in England. The majority of this is delivered by mainstream providers of further education and training, complemented by some in house delivery.

From April 2017 governors will be measured on the distance travelled in English and maths, as well as rates of sustainable employment, including apprenticeships, and education in the period following release. To meet these new standards governors will at the same time be given the power to deliver change, such as being able to design their regime to meet local delivery needs and target training and work in prisons to match the local labour market. Over 2017 and 2018, we will give governors control of the education budget, so that they can overhaul education and training to match the skills and qualifications prisoners need in the local labour market.

The provision is inspected by Ofsted at the invitation of HMIP, using the same set of standards used to inspect mainstream further education.

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