ebs helping Novus Cambria to ‘change lives’ in state of the art HMP Berwyn

Last updated: 23/10/2017

Tribal is proud to be the chosen software provider to support Novus Cambria’s learning and skills
provision, for the new HMP Berwyn in Wales.

HMP Berwyn is a £212m new prison based in Wrexham, North Wales which is due to open in February
2017 and will house just over 2,000 inmates.

Berwyn will be a rehabilitative prison which aims to give the men there the best opportunity to focus on their future and employment on release.

Novus Cambria was awarded the contract to deliver the learning and skills provision for HMP Berwyn in October 2016. Novus Cambria is a joint venture between not-for-profit social enterprise Novus (formally Manchester College) and Coleg Cambria, one of the UK’s biggest colleges.

Novus Cambria were looking for a student management information system (MIS) that would meet the learning needs of the prison population and be flexible for individual cases.

Coleg Cambria, a leading further education college who has been using ebs for over a decade, were
confident in selecting the integrated solution for HMP Berwyn.

ebs allows them to ditch the spreadsheets traditionally used by prisons, reducing time and increasing
efficiency. ebs:ontrack includes Individual Learning Plan (ILP) components, that allows Novus Cambria to easily set targets and track progress of individual learners.


Speaking on behalf of Novus Cambria, Felicity Williams Head of Information Systems said:

“Our learner management system needed to offer a flexible tracking system, which could be easily tailored to suit the learning and development needs of each individual learner. ebs provides this, and lets our assessors to focus on rehabilitating and encouraging the men at HMP Berwyn to improve their lives.”


Speaking on behalf of Tribal, Mike Plackett, Account Director for Further Education said:

“We are delighted to be providing ebs to Novus Cambria, helping them to change the lives of the men at HMP Berwyn through learning and development. ebs is easily adapted to suit the needs of prison requirements, improving access and tracking, with data easily at the assessors fingertips”.


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