Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, celebrated two key successes for the Norwich For Jobs Project on Wednesday when she met an ex-offender who has turned her life around with the help of the project and by presenting St. Ed’s with a Bronze Level certificate for their support of Norwich for Jobs.
Chloe, who chairs and founded the Norwich For Jobs Project met Nicky, an ex-offender with a one year suspended prison sentence for theft, who wanted to turn her life around and has completed an 8 week work experience placement with St. Edmund’s Society, and is shortly to become a paid employee of St. Ed’s.
Chloe also presented St. Ed’s with their Bronze Level Certificate, in recognition of the support they have shown the project in helping to achieve its aims. Norwich For Jobs has recently launched our ‘Membership Awards’, which will recognise the contributions of individual employers to the project. There will be 5 award categories that range from ‘Membership’ categories for all employers who have pledged to work with us through Bronze, Silver & Gold, and Champion Awards that reflect the input each employer has given to the project through acts like offering work experience, CV advice, helping with mock interviews and offering employment to our young people.
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to meet Nicky and the staff at St. Ed’s and congratulate them both on their successes. Nicky is working with the Norwich For Jobs Project to change her life and I’m proud of what she has achieved. Successes like Nicky’s wouldn’t be possible without the support of St. Ed’s and the many other business and partner organisations who work with us, and it is right that we recognise their support.”
Lorraine Bliss of St. Ed’s comments:
“Nicky has recently finished her eight week work experience placement with St Eds. She was extremely nervous when she arrived with us but quickly settled in building relationships with staff and students. She was willing to get involved with all aspects of the Training Centre and was prepared to listen learn and was very hands on.
“Her timekeeping, attitude and motivation was exemplary so much so that we have decided to offer her employment with effect from September.
“During the summer Nicky has enrolled on our Passport to Construction Course to build on her skills as she embarks on her new career and opportunities.
“We very much look forward to welcoming her to the team at St Eds.”
Chloe, has also recently welcomed news that this month Phase 2 of the project has seen the total number of young people who have started work through Norwich For Jobs reach 111, with 31 young people begin work experience placements in the last month alone.