WHAT WE DO
Our Academy programme supports the education and wellbeing of ex-offenders both serving and upon release, helping build the bridge to reduce recidivism.
We work in partnership with national projects supplying education to harder to reach groups including study programmes, traineeships and apprenticeships.
We support a number of Universities to help expand their degree programmes with a variety of vocational qualifications.
We offer a range of internationally recognised qualifications through YMCA Awards and Pearson. Whether a personal development or change of career, we can support you.
We work closely with employers to build bespoke apprenticeships for their needs.
We are very fortunate in being supported by some fantastic National Businesses.
astara - justice
Astara is a nationally recognised company working in over a ¼ of Her Majesty’s Prisons with their Academy Programme.
We have developed effective working partnerships with Gymnasiums and strategic departments to support the educational development of ex-offender learners mainly in the health, wellbeing and fitness sector, supporting opportunities for ‘Through the Gate’ and beyond.
The Astara team has over 45 years combined experience within educational delivery of vocational qualifications.
We support each Prisons’ existing Departments to become a place of opportunity, which is embraced by learners and staff.
Whilst our courses require a structured delivery, they can be taught with a flexible timetable, which meets both the operational requirements and population needs of the Establishment.
We are continually striving to form effective links with internal and external partnerships to provide complete ‘Through The Gate’ support. This will potentially allow our candidates, returning to the Community the opportunity to gain either beneficial voluntary experience or secure an employed role.
Astara is recognised nationally at Tier 2 & Tier 3 under the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation strategy.
ex -OFFENDER LEARNERS
Our achievement percentage after supporting over 1200 learners
Number of staff qualifications we have supported across the estate including Level 3 Personal Trainers; Education and Training; Assessors and qualifications up to Level 4
SCHOLARSHIP AND BEYOND
Percentage of learners accepted onto a scholarship after application
The number of prisons that have engaged with us on our Academy projects
MEET THE TEAM
With over 400 registered centres, YMCA Awards is the leading award body in the Health & Fitness sector. Their new scheme will see a very small percentage of these organisations recognised with their Platinum Partner status. We are proud to announce that we have been selected, following a rigorous process, to be their second chosen[…]
Working in partnership with Tom James Fitness and Riversmeet Leisure Centre, we are pleased to announce the first courses of: Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Level 2) – 21st/22nd May and 18th/19th June – Gillingham, Dorset Diploma in Personal Training Gym Based Exercise (Level 3) – (21st/22nd May and 18th/19th June if Level 2 required) – July TBC[…]