Education and training is available in all prisons in England. The majority of this is delivered by mainstream providers of further education and training, complemented by some in house delivery.
From April 2017 governors will be measured on the distance travelled in English and maths, as well as rates of sustainable employment, including apprenticeships, and education in the period following release. To meet these new standards governors will at the same time be given the power to deliver change, such as being able to design their regime to meet local delivery needs and target training and work in prisons to match the local labour market. Over 2017 and 2018, we will give governors control of the education budget, so that they can overhaul education and training to match the skills and qualifications prisoners need in the local labour market.
The provision is inspected by Ofsted at the invitation of HMIP, using the same set of standards used to inspect mainstream further education.