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LSC Issue Contract worth £10.7 Million through Offender’s Learning and Skills Service Pro

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) have decided to issue a £10.7m contract to Tribal Technology under its Offender’s Learning and Skills Services Programme, it was announced recently.

It is estimated that at least thirteen prisons and five probation areas in the South- West of England are to benefit from a structured approach in delivering quality learning services to offenders in prison and during probation. Advice and guidance will be on hand as well as management information to help track offenders through their learning journey.

Leading Education Delivery

Tribal Technology, the market leader in the field of educational delivery and direct IAG provision, won the four year tender after beating off tough competition from 130 other companies. From the 1st of August 2005, Tribal Technology has successfully managed to deliver learning needs in three pilot regions of the South West including Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, which have helped to enhance citizens” opportunities for jobs and learning.

More than 50 staff will work and dedicate their time on the contract, which focuses on three key elements: Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services, E-learning delivery and management information systems. The government’s vision for improving the standard of learning in prisons was announced in 2004. This involves tracking, supporting and educating offenders from “custody to community”. This newly adopted model is expected to help increase offender participation and achievement, which will hopefully result in vast improvement in employment opportunities and decrease the chances of learners re-offending.

Personal Growth

Adrian Ladds, Business Development Director for Tribal Technology, commented: “We will be introducing a number of services which are completely new to offenders. Tribal will be promoting each offender with an individual IAG interview to help identify existing qualifications, work aims, personal growth and skill gaps.”

He also addressed their plans to examine the labour market in the area local to the prison to help identify job vacancies and skills required to ensure that the training provided is relevant for work-related aspirations or personal growth. Following the government’s commitment to offender rehabilitation, six other regions will provide offenders with access to IAG services and improved learning opportunities by August 2006 Tribal Technology will bid for the IAG and delivery of learning in these regions.

Kavita Trivedi

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