Gateway to Employment is a joint initiative between the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and the Department of Work and Pensions. This exciting and ground-breaking initiative is aiming to break down barriers to employment for people with criminal convictions.
Organisations who have pledged to support this exciting initiative include Broadland District Council. Jane Bagley, Economic Development Officer outlines her reasons for supporting Gateway to Employment and partnership working:
Jane Bagley, Economic Development Officer, Broadland District Council
On Tuesday 12 April, Broadland District Council’s Economic Development team invited businesses of all sizes to their offices at Carrowbreck House to find out more about a ground-breaking initiative in Norfolk which aims to help people with a criminal record get back into employment.
The Gateway to Employment was of interest to us as the scheme aims to break down barriers that currently exist for those with criminal convictions.
Cllr Stuart Clancy, portfolio holder for economic success, said: “Our key ambition as a council is to deliver economic success in the district, with more jobs and more opportunities for all.
“We feel passionately that this should apply to everyone in our community and so we wanted to encourage all of our employers to get involved with this excellent initiative.”
The event was attended by a good cross section of local businesses, from various sectors such as hospitality, tourism and manufacturing. Of those that attended many signed up and pledged their support to the initiative on the day.
Following the event in April, three Broadland businesses offered work opportunities to individuals with a criminal record which have led to permanent employment.
The event featured speakers explaining the scheme in more detail and gave employers the chance to find out more about the impact Gateway to Employment is having on those organisations already participating.
Following the success of April’s event, Broadland District Council intends to host a similar event in the coming months, encouraging more businesses to participate in the scheme.
There are 10 million people in the UK with a criminal record. Gateway to Employment has been established to support people with criminal convictions into the workplace.
Many employers have a skills shortage and would benefit from an increased pool of suitable candidates from which to recruit. Unfilled vacancies can have an economic impact on any business and increase pressure on other employees attempting to make up the resourcing short fall.
Not only can employers provide skills and hope for people with convictions, they are also able to help to break the cycle of offending and offer the tools needed to secure a job for the future. In return they will get a wealth of ability, loyalty and a hard working person with experience.
We need employers to support this campaign, by offering up jobs, apprenticeships, work experience, trainee-ships and support sector based academies for people with convictions.
Will you help us make a difference? Find out how you as an employer could benefit from supporting GtoE, visit our website on www.gtoe.co.uk or email Mary Scales on email@example.com