Regime information for Portland Young Offender Institution

The establishment has a wide range of training, educational and personal development opportunities.

Vocational Training includes:
Bricklaying, Building Operatives, Painting and Decorating, Carpentry and Joinery, Fork Lift Truck, Recycling Workshop, Hard Landscaping Barbering, Catering Motor Mechanics, Motor Cycle Maintenance, Multi-Skills in Construction, CSCS (With card being available), BICS Animal Welfare, Radio Production, Groundsmanship, Performing Manufacturing Operations, Steelworks, Railtrack.

NVQ's are also provided through the Clothing Exchange Service, Laundry and Recycling. All prisoners receive training in Health & Safety, Food Hygiene and Emergency First Aid within their first 2 weeks at Portland.

All areas of employment have industry relevant qualifications attached to them.

Various PE courses including:
Gym Instructor (level 1 and 2), Coaching awards, British Weight Lifters Association Leaders (BAWLA), Open College Network in Sports Activity, Understanding Fitness Diet and Nutrition, Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) bronze medallion. A full-time PE academy is also in operation.

Education courses (part and full time) which include Comprehensive Assessment and delivery for those from pre-entry through to level 3 qualifications. The range of courses covers Skills for Life, ICT, Social and Life Skills, Business Studies, Art, Drama, ASDAN Cope awards, Fathers Inside and others. Support is also available for those on distance learning options.

Comprehensive Resettlement programme which includes a two week course but also starts with a surgery 6 weeks prior to release to ensure needs are being met. Courses include a Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it (CALM), Prisoner Addressing Substance Related Offending (PASRO) and Counselling Assessment Referral Advice Throughcare (CARATs).

There is also an Alcohol worker providing group and one to one work.

The establishment operates the listener's scheme for those prisoners deemed to be at risk from suicide or self harm.


Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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