Our Ofsted Outstanding College is
a leading provider of offender learning in England. 


Are you motivated to make a difference?
Do you want the chance to positively change peoples' lives?

Then Offender Learning with Weston College could be for you...

Weston College deliver education provision in 10 prison locations in the South West of England and are looking for outstanding people to join our team.

Weston College is an inspiring place to work and this is an exciting time to join the College. The College is an Investors in People "Champion" and has been awarded Gold by Investors in People which demonstrates our commitment to developing our team.

In 2018 we also received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. On top of this we are the first offender learning provider, since the inception of the awards in 1994, to receive an Association of Colleges' Beacon Award for Widening Participation in Learning in 2018.

Our staff are inspirational, committed to their learners and set the highest expectations - could you do the same? 

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Emily, MISCo for Weston College since April 2017 says " This is a really varied role where no two days are ever the same.

My main responsibilities are processing learner enrolments and tracking attendance to courses in order to populate a report each month. As a people person, the thing I love most about my job role is the diverse range of people that I work with; both colleagues and offenders.

There is always the opportunity to learn something new and I am always being challenged to improve my skills or take on something different."

James, tutor at HMP Portland has made great progress since starting with Weston College "Working for Weston has enabled me to establish a career in teaching, whilst achieving formal teaching qualifications in post.

Last year I also progressed on to representing the quality team as Advanced Practitioner where I support my colleagues to develop and maintain high standards of delivery to enable learners to achieve to the best of their ability and strive to support the provision in the pursuit of outstanding.

Now I'm moving on to a new challenge - becoming the Assistant Curriculum Manager!"

Mark, a Vocational tutor at HMP Leyhill loves working in offender learning "I have been teaching site carpentry for 3 years at HMP Leyhill. Some of the prisoners have had negative experiences with education throughout their lives and having an opportunity to engage with them in an educational environment is both challenging and rewarding.

To see someone building their confidence and developing a skill that could help them gain employment on release and ultimately prevent them from reoffending, is an experience I enjoy.

I try to promote a safe and inclusive environment for students to learn how to use a range of power tools and hand tools safely and also to learn how to carry out 1st fix & 2nd fix activities that will either save them money or enable them to earn money."

Becky who has worked at HMP Bristol in different roles says, "Working with the hard to reach prisoners in my previous role allowed me to see the benefits of accessing those disengaged prisoners.

This is reflected in my Outreach work, which allows me to engage learners on a one to one basis and to get the absolute best out of them.

This Outreach work has further encouraged those prisoners to make the next step, by joining classroom based learning."

Naomi, Advanced Practitioner at HMP Channings Wood says "Being an Advanced Practitioner is one of the many ways to progress in Offender Learning and for me it is all about helping the tutors which in turn makes a better learning environment for the learners.

Our tutors work extremely hard to give learners, who may of missed out on education, the best chance they can within prison.

My job is to assist in the process and the most rewarding thing for me is seeing learners succeeds.”


Are you available for temporary cover work? Are you searching for flexible work and a new challenge? Then contact Forward Futures to explore some of the current opportunities for flexible work within our prison education departments.

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For information about working with Forward Futures please call 01934 411 661.