Regime information for Sheppey Cluster (Elmley) Prison

A variety of activities are available at HMP Elmley. Our Learning and Skills Policy states that everyone will be required to work towards Level 2 Functional English and Maths and there is an expectation that, whatever your sentence length, you are working towards this as part of your learner journey. 

Education concentrates on improving Functional Skills in English, Maths, ESOL and ICT, as well as delivering City and Guilds Construction qualifications.  English, Maths, ESOL and Employability qualifications are also available across Industries as work-based learning. An accredited Art course is available through the education provider. Equality and Diversity qualifications are offered on an Outreach one to one basis. 

Daily employment is available in Horticulture, where accredited City & Guilds vocational qualifications will be delivered later in 2016. There are also opportunities on site in environmental services, recycling and production workshops.  Laundry offers work experience and the opportunity to gain an accredited Level 2 NVQ in Cleaning and Laundering. 

BICSc and Biohazard qualifications are available in Industrial Cleaning, along with the opportunity to practice new skills across the establishment and gain useful work experience. Food Hygiene qualifications are also available for kitchen workers.  There are courses available through RAPt such as Living Safely, Crack Cocaine, Alcohol Dependency and Treatment Programme (ADTP) and a Bridges course. 

Other available programmes include Thinking Skills (TSP) and Building Better Relationships (BBR) when identified as a genuine sentence plan need. We use peer workers extensively in conjunction with Seetec, our Resettlement provider and other agencies in relation to accommodation, employment, assistance with bank accounts, citizen ID cards, birth certificates and Information and Guidance (IAG). 

We also employ classroom assistants to support learners in education. Fitness Instructor, First Aid and Diet and Nutrition courses are delivered in the Gymnasium. A mentoring qualification is also available through the education provider, primarily for those who want to work in key peer worker roles. 

In addition to this, HMP Elmley are committed to delivering Employment Events every three months, where a selection of reputable employers attend and offer live vacancies to candidates, as well as apprenticeships and training opportunities on release. Assistance is given to write a CV and disclosure letter by CXK, our Careers Advice provider. A wide range of support is given to candidates in advance of these events, both by peer mentor groups and the Reducing Reoffending team at Elmley.    

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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