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MOU with Corrections ensures prisoner education

MOU with Corrections ensures prisoner education

Last updated 1 June 2017
Last updated 1 June 2017

Prisoners’ access to quality education has been guaranteed until 2018 with the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the TEC and the Department of Corrections.

The two organisations signed the original MOU in 2014 and have agreed to extend it until 2018.  The MOU will continue to strengthen the organisations’ joint focus on prisoners gaining qualifications and provide a framework for ongoing collaboration.

“The focus is on finding ways to overcome the barriers that exist and deliver training and education to a group of learners who need all the support they can get,” says Tim Fowler, our CE.

“A joint governance group meets next week to develop an action plan for things that we will work on together.”

This year we will provide almost $8 million dollars in funding to tertiary education organisations delivering prisoner training and education. In addition, the Department of Corrections will fund approximately $3 million (1,300 places) in intensive literacy and numeracy programmes and approximately $1.5 million (4,600 programmes) in industry and vocational training. Qualifications are provided in areas such as foundation skills, NCEA, primary industries, building and construction and Māori studies.

“This agreement ensures services provided are of a high quality, lead to nationally recognised qualifications, and align to labour market needs," says Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith.

"Raising the skill levels of prisoners not only helps their chances of finding sustainable employment on release, but more importantly makes prisoners less likely to re-offend, which in turn helps to keep our communities safe," he says.


Three officials at a table signing  papers

Signing the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding for another two years. From left: Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith, Minister of Corrections Hon Louise Upston, and TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler.