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, several 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.

For more information, visit www.gtoe.co.uk