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Aylesbury Young Offenders and Bullingdon Prison talk

Our Public Services students were treated to an informative talk which gave them an insight into what working in a prison is really like. Governor Darren Voss, Deputy Governor Andrew Routley and Senior Officer Danielle Cooper shared their experiences of their time working at Aylesbury Young Offenders Prison and Bullingdon Prison.

The speakers discussed some of the pros and cons of working in a prison. Despite having to deal with dangerous criminals on a daily basis and having to manage the issue of understaffing, all three clearly find their jobs extremely rewarding. They also talked about progression and how they got into their roles.

Danielle Cooper joined two years ago and she hasn’t looked back since. She said: “You definitely make an impact. You don’t change everyone immediately but your actions help improve people’s lives. You’re very well supported in the role and always surrounded by quality staff who all look out for each other.’’







Our students interacted with the speakers and were thoroughly engaged throughout. A few of the students are going to visit Aylesbury Young Offenders Prison to learn more about the prison service with the option of doing some work experience.

Andrew Routley said: “In my 27 years there isn’t a day when I haven’t laughed. The camaraderie is one of the things that makes it such good fun. It is a tough job but everyone who does it finds it massively rewarding.”

At West Herts College, our GAP team are responsible for organising work experience and talks in a field related to a student’s area of study. This provides our students with the opportunity to acquire new skills and develop their confidence, preparing them for the world of work.

If you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives and want to work in one of the uniformed services, then check out our Public Services courses here.