Reducing reoffending

Resident being supported in workshop

A wide range of training is available across the prison, which provides learning and skills in a range of activities covering literacy, numeracy and IT as well as vocational training in a range of trades within industrial workshops.  For example, prisoners in Engineering, Textiles and the Kitchen are gaining NVQs in manufacturing and catering.  High quality training that enables the prisoner to do their job effectively and also recognises and accredits the skills that they have learnt and developed is a crucial component part of the working prison model.

HMP Northumberland workshops

There are a number of workshops in place at HMP Northumberland producing quality products and services for external clients. This includes the Textiles workshop, producing wide range of Cut Make and Trim (CMT) garments.  Current products are catering coats, food service aprons, shirts, bedding and towels.  Find out more about becoming a client and working with us.

Improved employment opportunities on release and reduced re-offending

Providing work for prisoners at HMP Northumberland contributes towards the prison's focus on providing a real working environment.  This will help improve offenders’ skills and experiences to ultimately lead to improved employment opportunities on release and reduced re-offending.

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility committments for every shift that prisoners work additional funds are generated for community reparation to help provide additional support for victims and improved resettlement services.

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Public Service Pledge

Our Public Service Pledge is a set of strategic and ethical commitments that we are making to our customers, employees and communities. The pledge demonstrates our commitment to social value and public service ethos and it is based on our ethical principles of transparency, business integrity and respect for our people.

Starting Fresh

Sodexo is committed to proactively recruiting skilled and qualified people with criminal convictions through our campaign, Starting Fresh.
We have committed delivering positive Social Impact  and filling 5% of our own appropriate job opportunities with people with criminal convictions. As a Ban the Box employer, we don’t ask about criminal convictions at the application stage unless we statutorily have to, such as when safeguarding measures need to be considered. 
The Starting Fresh campaign also encourages and provides guidance to other businesses on how they can proactively hire people with criminal convictions, removing perceived barriers and concerns.
Visit our online hub where you will find resources and support, plus case studies of the impact Starting Fresh has had on the companies and individuals involved.
You can also contact us for help getting started on your Starting Fresh journey – whether you want to visit a prison to see skills training in action, organise an employer day to explore recruitment opportunities, or even just ask a question not addressed in our FAQ.