HMP Downview Careers Open Day

Novus - Teach in FECareers Open Day at HMP Downview

12th April 2016, 10:00 - 14:00 and 15:00 - 18:00
HMP Downview, Sutton Lane, Sutton, SM2 5PD

You will need to register to attend this event.
Please click here to be directed to the registration form. 

*The registration form is also located at the bottom of this page. You will need to specify which time slot you would like to attend in the comments section of the registration form. You will be able to visit HMP Downview at any point in your chosen time slot.


Novus are looking to recruit innovative and inspirational Tutors and Trainers to join the brand new education department at HMP Downview.

In order to give people a first hand experience of the prison, Novus are holding an Open Day for candidates who are keen to find out about the exciting opportunities a career within Offender Learning can offer. 

The Careers Event, which will be taking place on the 12th of April, is a fantastic opportunity to view the new, state of the art facilities at HMP Downview and engage with current Novus employees, who will be able to answer any questions you might have about current opportunities, or working within the sector more generally.

Attendees must choose between two time slots, 10am - 2pm or 3pm - 6pm. You may visit HMP Downview at any point in your chosen time slot, with staff available throughout.

Click here to register for the event.

*When registering, please upload your CV and specify in the comments section of the form which time slot you would like to attend.

About HMP&YOI Downview

HMP Downview is located in Sutton, Surrey. The prison has excellent public transport links and is close to the M25and M23. The prison is a closed women’s establishment and is due to reopen in 2016, after closing in 2014 for improvements to be made. The prison serves the London region.

With the rare opportunity for a completely fresh start and new, state of the art facilities, HMP Downview are looking for innovative, creative staff that are keen to put their own stamp on the Education Department and help Downview become a truly outstanding example of Offender Learning.

Education is voluntary for the 350 prisoners that will be housed within the prison.  We are looking to develop a high performing and successful Education Department working in a vibrant, challenging and rewarding environment. We will have a varied curriculum aspiring to excellence, including hair and beauty, property maintenance, business administration, business enterprise, catering, customer service, ICT, English, and Maths.  Be part of something exciting! Share your skills supporting others to develop and learn in a number of roles that offer CPD and career development opportunities.


Novus: Foundations for change

A standalone organisation within The Manchester College group, Novus are the top performing provider of education, training and employability services to prisoners and offenders In the country.

The latest inspections by HMIP and Ofsted of their provision in prisons graded Novus with 80% 'good' or 'outstanding', versus the national figure of just 33%. In addition to this, Novus have an incredible record of achieving a positive outcome 88% of the time.

In return for your dedication, as an employee of Novus, you will be rewarded with:

  • Extensive holiday allowance (increases on service)
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Continuous training and development
  • Simply health scheme
  •  ……And many more.






About Offender Learning

A career in Offender Learning would suit individuals who are passionate about getting people re-engaged in learning and who want to develop their teaching skills in a ‘secure’ educational environment. Offender Learning gives staff the opportunity to make a real difference to learners' lives. Recent reviews have shown that education within prisons is central to lowering reoffending rates in the UK, making Teach in FEa top priority moving forward.

Education is proven to reduce reoffending rates and improve society within each prison. It’s a crucial part of the rehabilitation process, and often leads to employment or provides the means for self-employment.

With increasing levels of investment in the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS), many teachers are moving into the sector to take advantage of some of the great benefits available, including:

  • Fantastic career progression
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Increased control over curriculum
  • Excellent pension and health schemes



To register for this event, please fill out the below form, attach your CV and specify which time slot you would like to attend in (between 10-2 or 3-6). You will be able to visit HMP Downview at any time in your chosen slot, with staff available at all times.

Following registration, you will be sent an e-mail giving you further details of the event and confirming that you have been added to the list of attendees. 

You must be registered in order to attend. 

Downview Registration Form

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