OLASS funding: rules and guidance

Provides training organisations with the guidance and rules needed to deliver OLASS provision.

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From 1 October 2016 the Ministry of Justice has the responsibility for OLASS.

The Skills Funding Agency manages the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) to integrate offender education with mainstream academic and vocational provision.

OLASS allows offenders in custody, according to need, to receive education and training. This in turn enables them to gain the skills and qualifications they need to get sustainable employment and have a positive role in society.

The performance management rules includes the performance management arrangements for training organisations contracted to provide learning and skills for offenders.

OLASS: contracted providers

The SFA has contracts with 4 organisations who provide learning and skills training for offenders across 10 areas of England.

Area OLASS 4 Provider
East of England A4E
East Midlands Milton Keynes College
London The Manchester College
North East The Manchester College
North West The Manchester College
South Central Milton Keynes College
Kent and Sussex The Manchester College
South West Weston College
West Midlands Milton Keynes College
Yorkshire and Humber The Manchester College

The SFA, with the National Offender Management Service, carried out an open and competitive procurement process to re-procure Offenders’ Learning and Skills Services Phase 4 (OLASS 4) from 1 August 2012.

Contact us

If you can’t find an answer to your query on this site, please email the OLASS team at Please include your name, organisation and contact details to help us respond to your query as quickly as possible.

Alternatively, please write to:

Offenders' Learning and Skills Team
Skills Funding Agency
Cheylesmore House
Quinton Road

OLASS funding rules


  1. SFA funding rules: 2015 to 2016
  2. SFA funding rules: 2014 to 2015
Published 19 February 2014
Last updated 19 August 2015 + show all updates
  1. Minor amendment to title on page.
  2. OLASS funding: rules and guidance updated on 13 April 2015.
  3. First published.