Regime information for Peterborough Prison

The regime at Peterborough includes a varied provision of education and workshop places on each side of the prison. There are library facilities for the male and female sides of the prison which operate as a branch of Peterborough Library Services. HMP/YOI Peterborough also has Learn Direct Centres.

We can help residents achieve recognised qualifications in important subjects like reading, literacy and numeracy skills (mathematics). We also offer Information Communication Technology (ICT) to help them improve their computer skills.

As well as academic subjects, we also offer a range of practical skills training. Residents can achieve accredited qualifications in the workshops and gym, helping to improve their employment prospects.

Internal employment opportunities

There are a range of opportunities for residents to gain work experience and earn additional income while they are resident at HMP Peterborough. Carrying out work activities means they can include additional skills on their CV and helps to prepare them for getting into employment upon release.

Training and vocational opportunities

  • Cleaning academy
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Gym – Focus
  • Gym – Healthy lifestyle
  • Gym – Stress
  • Gym – Nutrition


  • Contact centre
  • Gardens
  • Wing work
  • Orderlies – various locations
  • Orange Band – cleaning (all areas)
  • Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
  • Learning Skills Champion (LSC)
  • Healthcare workers
  • Connections
  • Other peer support role

We offer an Employment and Training Support course which residents can complete when they have three weeks or less left to serve.

The course includes:

  • Preparing a CV and advice on adapting it to match job vacancies
  • Preparing cover letters to support the CV
  • Preparing and sending out speculative letters to companies that may require their expertise
  • Practice completing application forms
  • Carrying out live job searches and applying for jobs through the ‘virtual campus’
  • Creating a disclosure statement and discussing the best time to disclose

We also offer help to residents on a variety of issues including:

  • job searching
  • writing a CV
  • interview techniques
  • disclosure
  • college applications
  • finding training opportunities

We understand that drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues and a lack of stable accommodation can all have an impact on finding employment. We offer courses that can help with these issues, including ‘Substance misuse’ and ‘Individual development skills’.

Residents can also book appointments with the Resettlement team to make sure they see the right person to help with any issues they may be facing.

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