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Pathways into employment

Gateway to Employment (GtoE) is a strategic partnership that aims to break down barriers to employment for people with 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 break the cycle of offending, improve the UK’s economic recovery and make Norfolk a safe and prosperous place to do business.  In return, employers will get a wealth of ability, loyalty and hardworking individuals with experience.

Good news!

A dream has come true for a Norfolk apprentice who has turned her life around thanks to a scheme launched by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). 

Alex Burzec, a Support Coordinator at Home Group, found employment through the Gateway to Employment (GtoE) scheme which gives ex-offenders a second chance. 

Having already been crowned ‘Regional Rising Star’ at the Eastern Region National Apprentice Awards, Alex was hoping to reach for the stars by netting the national title. 

In December 2018 Alex’s “ultimate dream” came true after she was presented with a highly commended National Rising Star Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards. 

”Achieving the ‘Rising Star’ Apprentice Award in the East Region was a huge surprise and I felt truly overwhelmed by this,” said Alex.