100 organisations. 100 positive opportunities for people with convictions.
We’re on our way, with 15 employers already signed up.
The Gateway to Employment (GtoE) project Board has met for the first time with members delighted to see so many organisations already supporting the campaign.
With their pledges of work experience, apprenticeships, training, mentoring, interview coaching and employment opportunities, GtoE’s fantastic supporters are leading the way in breaking down barriers to employment for people with convictions.
We are proud to be working alongside Norfolk employers who have pledged to provide skills and hope to people with convictions, helping to not only break the cycle of offending but also fill existing skills shortages in the county to benefit our business community.
As part of a county-wide approach to reducing reoffending and keeping Norfolk safe for everyone, priorities for the GtoE Board include raising awareness of the campaign and joining forces with more local employers. Together we can drive improvement in the future employment outcomes of Norfolk people who face immense barriers to working, in part, due to having a criminal record.
Update from the Board
Beginning in April, Board members will be holding meetings for employers to share best practice and offer advice for supporting someone with a criminal conviction into the workplace. For any employers wishing to attend, more information is available from Vicky Day – firstname.lastname@example.org
Members will also be supporting the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in delivering training for GtoE champions and supporters in welfare reform, the offender management act, disclosure and employment law.
And a meeting has been held with Priti Patel MP, the minister of state for Employment, to raise awareness of the campaign and discuss employment opportunities for people with criminal convictions.
Our aim is to get 100 organisations to pledge to offer a new opportunity to someone with convictions over the next two years, leading to meaningful long term employment.
Here are some of our valued and trusted partners who are helping people with criminal convictions get back into the workplace: OPCCN, Norfolk Police, HMP Norwich and Wayland, Prince’s Trust, Unlock, Remploy, DWP, NACRO, St Giles Trust, Norfolk & Suffolk CRC, Kickstart, Swarm, Spirit Motorsport, East Anglia Air Ambulance.
Below are some of the fantastic companies that have already pledged: Café Britannia, Carter, Norwich City Council, Norse, Walking With The Wounded, The Feed, Leap, Home Group, Kier, Tarmac, National Tyres, Courtesy Taxis.
The inaugural meeting of the GtoE Board took place on Friday 29 January attended by:
Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett
Peter Buffoni of NACRO
Marian Chapman on behalf of Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South
Will Styles, Governor HMP Norwich
Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North
Julia Nix, District Manager for Job Centre Plus
Cllr Alan Waters, Leader Norwich City Council
Julia Sharp, Assistant Chief Officer – Community Rehabilitation Company
Mary Scales, Department of Work and Pensions
Vicky Day, Head of Rehabilitation at OPCCN
Deputy PCC Jenny McKibben.
Have you pledged? Find out more at www.gtoe.co.uk