Prison to get new workshop to help inmates find jobs on release

Prisoner Lee, who has beaten his drug addiction, on a landing at Norwich Prison; Photo: Bill Smith;

A new workshop will be built at Wayland Prison - Credit: Archant © 2009

A new workshop is to be built at a Norfolk prison as part of a government drive to cut reoffending.

Wayland Prison, near Watton, is one of six prisons where new houseblocks, including a workshop, are to be built as part of a £500m construction deal.

Members of the Independent Monitoring Boards at HMP Norwich and HMP Wayland (pictured) have revealed

Wayland Prison - Credit: Ian Burt

Prisons minister Victoria Atkins announced a contract has been awarded to Kier and Wates to lead an alliance of small businesses to build the new houseblocks.

The category C men's prison will get what the government described as a state-of-the-art workshop to provide jobs training to prisoners.

The government says that will help get more ex-offenders into jobs.

The government says the proportion of ex-prisoners employed six months after release increased by two-thirds (66 per cent) between April 2021 and March this year.

Minister of State for Prisons and Probation Victoria Atkins

Prisons minister Victoria Atkins - Credit: PA

Ms Atkins said: "This will boost public safety by giving offenders every opportunity to turn away from a life of crime and towards a future of gainful employment.

"These houseblocks are also great news for the local firms who will play a central role in constructing them, along with the communities who benefit from the jobs that will be created at the prisons."