About HMYOI Cookham Wood
HMYOI Cookham Wood is a young offender institution (YOI) in Rochester, Kent. The institute houses up to 120 boys between the ages of 15 to 18 years old.
Inside HMYOI Cookham Wood
We centre our approach around the needs of the children and young people in our care. We provide opportunities to access the core curriculum subjects, enhance skills, and develop new interests which together prepare them for their future.
Education, training and employment
To support them with their rehabilitation and employment opportunities upon release, all young people at HMYOI Cookham Wood have access to core curriculum and vocational learning. This includes subjects such as:
- Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE)
- Painting and decorating
We also hold career fairs throughout the year which provides an excellent opportunity for our young people to network.
Peer mentoring and work placement
Young people can also extend their skills to others in custody via our peer mentoring programme or by attending work placements within the prison. Our barista course is a great example of this where the young people can put their skills into practice on site.
As an employee at HMYOI Cookham Wood, you’ll have access to a range of facilities and employee benefits including:
- free, onsite parking
- use of a free, onsite gym
- onsite coffee shop
- excellent training
- opportunities for career progression
- staff recognition rewards
This is in addition to the great benefits you get from being a part of HM Prison and Probation Service.
How to get to HMYOI Cookham Wood
With plenty of onsite parking, HMYOI Cookham Wood is easily accessible by car. It’s also ideally located near high-speed train links:
- Chatham train station (2.4 miles away)
- Rochester train station (2.5 miles away)
There is no direct bus service from the station to HMYOI Cookham Wood but there is a taxi rank outside.
To plan your journey by public transport:
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