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.
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.
Employers who have already pledged to support this exciting initiative include Kier, Norwich City Council, Home Group and Tarmac.
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.
Will you help us make a difference? If you would like to know how you as an employer could benefit from supporting GtoE, please get in contact.