Inmates help build vocational centre

Staff and inmates at HMP Highpoint at the ribbon-cutting event Credit: HMP Highpoint

When HMP Highpoint in Suffolk needed a new centre to expand its vocational training, inmates put the skills they were learning to good use and built it themselves.

So it was only fitting that three of the Stradishall C-category prison’s hardest-working students were invited to do the honours and cut the ceremonial ribbon at its official opening.

The new centre offers courses including decorating, fitted interiors, information technology and plumbing, and focuses on getting learners ready for the workplace on their release.

The project was completed at a fraction of the commercial cost because staff and students worked together to convert old, disused workshops into bespoke training areas.