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More than just a kitchen - changing lives through food

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Catering managers work to not only make a difference to people in custody but also to the wider community. They’re fully qualified, professional chefs who pass on their expertise to serving prisoners in the kitchen teaching them valuable skills. Find out more from Andy, a catering manager at HMP Feltham.

National Apprenticeship Week 2019: celebrating our apprentices in the prison service

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Blaze A Trail National Apprenticeship Week 4 to 8 March 2019

It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2019 and to celebrate we’ve spoken to Officer Dyble who has just completed a Level 3 Custody and Detention apprenticeship offered by HMPPS - read about her prison officer journey.

Following the future leaders of the prison service - part 2

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From left to right, photographs of Bettina Marshall, Sean Williams, Helen Raine

In Part 2 of our HMPPS Senior Leadership Scheme blog post series, we hear from 3 candidates who are now going through their Head of Department placements. Read about their experiences so far in their 3-year journey towards becoming future leaders of HMPPS.

Being shadowed at work by our Prisons Minister, in prison

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Picture of Officer Bowden standing outside HMP Wormwood Scrubs

Prison officer Bowden had the opportunity to show Prisons Minister Rory Stewart what working as a prison officer is really like. Find out what they did, from maintaining the prison landings to talking to prisoners, to get a true taster of what it's like working in the prison service.

Celebrating Black History Month: why we need more diverse prison officers

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It’s Black History Month 2018 and to celebrate, Fiona - a Band 8 governor at HMP The Mount - talks about why it’s so important to have more staff from black and ethnic minority backgrounds working in the prison service.