Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS)
From April 2010 under the ASCL Act, local authorities, supported by the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) are responsible for managing the planning, funding and commissioning of offender learning.
OLASS 3 currently provides offender education, including that of young people. Securing and sustaining a job is a key factor in reducing re-offending. The main aim of OLASS in YOIs is to ensure that offenders acquire the underpinning education, life and work skills, based on the offender learning journey - juveniles (which incorporates the developments already implemented by the YJB's National Specification for Learning and Skills) to enable them to meet the needs of employers when resettling after custody.
Education provision in secure training centres and secure childrens homes will be brought into line with new arrangements for YOIs as far as practicable.
For further information contact Vicky Bedford (Strategy manager, YJB) or Elaine Cobb (at YJPU - Ministry of Justice) by calling 020 7340 7144.
Custodial education for Welsh offenders in England
Many Welsh young offenders are in custody in England. This can present language and cultural problems for these young offenders.
In 2007, a programme was implemented by the Welsh Assembly government called the 'personal support in custody pilot project' which supported the transitions of Welsh young people from Bridgend and Denbighshire serving their custodial sentences in two English YOIs, Ashfield and Stoke Heath.
Read the full External Evaluation Of The Welsh Assembly Government Personal Support In Custody Pilot Project.
The global education of young people in Wales is the responsibility of the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS).
The All Wales Youth Offending Strategy is the result of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Youth Justice Board and local agencies working together with the aim of significantly reducing the rates of youth offending in Wales. Click to view the All Wales Youth Offending Strategy] and its delivery plan. A separate strategy is being adopted in Wales through partnership working between the Welsh Assembly Government and the Director of Offender Management Services - Wales.