Our aim at HMP Altcourse is to provide an environment that emulates in all respects the terms, conditions, practices and ethics both offered and expected by industrial employers. This gives prisoners “Real Work” experience and best prepares them for work and life on
their return to the community.
Prisoners at HMP Altcourse participate in a 40 hour working week, undertaking a wide range of industrial activities where a combination of individual and team working skills are essential for success. All prisoners are given training appropriate to their duties so that customer and contractual standards in respect of product conformance and quality can be achieved and maintained.
We have six distinct work areas, employing a total of 180 prisoners. Manufacturing contracts are undertaken on behalf of both external and internal customers and are managed as commercial operations with critical quality standards and delivery schedules achieved in line with customer expectations.
Some examples of current work:
Large commercial laundry - 15000 pieces / week to industry standards.
Office furniture assembly - approx 400 units per week.
Collection, collation and cataloguing of “Written Media” returns on behalf of the Book Industry - another “total
recycling” project. 7 million transactions / year.
Engineering Fabrication and Powder Coat Painting Workshop. Our range currently includes manufacture of
waste skips for local and national customers. Security gates fences and associated products. Custodial
furniture and hardware for both the internal and external markets.
The manufacture of prison bedding and curtains, to bespoke specification as required by the customer.
Recycling operations including the baling of cardboard and paper which has significantly reduced the
amount of waste going into landfill.
Many of the above industrial operations provide prisoners with excellent skills that are readily transferable so increasing their opportunities of finding and retaining work after release. NVQs are currently being offered in Performing Manufacturing Operations and Recycling.
To find out more about the facilities and the services we are able to provide at HMP Altcourse and to join our growing list of satisfied customers and partners please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Enterprise and Vocational Training who will be happy to discuss your requirements.