Prison Education

Our prison education team are committed to developing partnerships with prisons and probation services across the North West

Adult Education BudgetInnovative Alliance began its involvement in Prison Education in 2019 when the funding mechanism changed to allow prisons to directly purchase training and support. Additionally, a primary objective of IA is to raise aspirations and tackle unemployment. It is important for us to impact individuals positively on social, moral, and economic well-being. 

Our prison education team is committed to developing partnerships with prisons and probation services across the North West. This ethos is also to ensure a positive impact on all stakeholders.

What makes us unique?

Being part of the wider Progress Group gives IA access to a significant range of resources and skills. This is to ensure that  any provision is about more than just the programme of delivery.

We provide well-considered IAG, effective signposting, and  wrap-around support to all our learners.  Our work includes a variety of delivery partners in order to provide a flexible and collaborative service.

We have several national links to employers and employment agencies and can work with all IA learners released from the secure estate into the Merseyside area to secure at least one interview upon release.  We can also work with resettlement workers within the establishment, the CRC, and local job centres to signpost ROTL eligible learners to work placements.

All of our tutors are experienced in delivering to a wide range of learners and recognise the complexities that prison education may present. A holistic approach to delivery that is not just about qualifications but well-being, personal social development, self-esteem, confidence, and  behaviour.

IA offers a wide-ranging curriculum and we pride ourselves on our ability to facilitate learning by ‘bolting on’ activities that stretch, challenge, and engage learners often outside of the main qualification. This includes subject-specific maths & English activities and relevant in-cell work.

The Business Development Manager, Jane Ellis, manages prison delivery. Jane has over three years experience of delivering and managing prison education departments.  All of our tutors working in the secure estate receive 1:1 support and training by IA in order to ensure that the service we offer the learners and the prison is the best it can be.

Take a closer look at our ‘Contract Bid Structure’ to understand how the process works.

Training we can provide

Working in the North West, we’re already providing training in a number of prisons, including:


PAT testing

Customer Service

Contract Flooring

Warehousing & Logistics

Education & Training (for staff)

RTITB training in Reach, Counterbalance and PPT

Have you got what it takes?

  • Have you ever considered delivering prison education?
  • Do you have a specialist skill or trade that you feel could help rehabilitate offenders?
  • Would you feel confident working within the secure estate?
  • Are you looking for a new challenge?

Furthermore, we are always interested in hearing from vocational and industry-based trainers and companies. Moreover, including those able to deliver plastering, bricklaying, contract flooring, and PAT testing. Additionally, traffic management, forklift truck driving, barbering, construction, and warehousing. Additionally, if you already have Enhanced Level 1 clearance via the prison service, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more here.