Prison staff get support strategy

The first training and development strategy for the Prison Service has just
been launched.

Home Office Minister Keith Bradley, outlining the initiative, said the
strategy would drive forward a major programme of change aimed at supporting
prison staff to deliver the key aims of protecting the public and reducing

Its main aims are to build a stronger infrastructure to support training
that takes place at prisons and improve efficiency, effectiveness and access to
learning by providing more provision for staff training at prisons.

Bradley said, "The launch of this strategy is an important milestone in
the programme to strengthen training and development. It marks the point at
which the programme moves from analysis and review to implementation."

The strategy will develop a coherent and flexible curriculum, including a
new approach to leadership and management development, and provide better
evaluation of training.

Its targets include ensuring all national trainers, all training managers
and 70 per cent of local trainers are accredited by 2006.

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