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What do we do?

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The PEF Contract

Milton Keynes College delivers education programmes in 19 prisons across England under the PEF Contract in the South Central region and across all of the Long Term High Security Estate.

We embed our transformative culture into the prisons we serve. Raising aspirations is key, giving prisoners the drive to engage with education, leading to employment opportunities wherever possible – either on release or as part of a career in custody.

We achieve this through collaboration with HMPPS and an array of internal and external partners, connecting engaged businesses and stakeholders with the local and the prison community to develop new best practice.

Employment Academy

Differing from traditional prison education, the Employment Academy implements the curriculum by listening to employer feedback and using government data sources. This means that the College can identify where jobs currently exist, and which occupational ideas are likely to grow. The curriculum and learning materials can then cater to the needs of society and today’s job markets, training offenders to fill any skills gaps upon release.

Support and Development

The Employment Academy aims to rehabilitate prisoners in to work, but also to support them in getting to that point, as well as post-release.

Highlighting offenders keen to develop skills whilst in custody, the Academy also provides a network of support from custody through the gate. This involves education and skills development, as well as working on any personal issues or barriers which may be in the way of securing employment.

Skills the Academy develops include:

  • Self-motivation
  • Commitment
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrate reading, writing and numeracy

The aim is to assist in supporting offenders to access real work opportunities in prison and re-enter the employment market upon their release.


The Employment Academy develops partnerships with well-respected employers to provide realistic training provisions and sustainable employment opportunities for learners.

We work with the following employers, amongst others:

  • GI Group
  • Greggs
  • Interserve
  • Max Spielmann
  • RMF
  • Timpson

If you’re interested in providing work opportunities for our learners, please contact info@mkcollege.ac.uk or call 01908 684444