Gateways to Work
Since 2005, A4e has delivered employment and rehabilitation services to prisoners. Over this time we have delivered over 2.5 million hours of learning and vocational training to prisoners and ex-prisoners. Each year, A4e delivers employment, education, training and advice services to over 8,500 prisoners across 33 prisons (4 prisons in Australia and 29 prisons across the UK).
A4e Australia operates two programs that work directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders released from Corrective Services NSW – the Gateway to Work Pilot Program and the Gundi Employment Project.
A4e Justice Sector Brochure (PDF)
Gateway to Work Pilot Program
In October 2010, A4e was awarded a contract to deliver the Gateway to Work (Gateway) Pilot Program. Gateway delivers pre and post release employment services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners released from Goulburn and Cessnock Correctional Centres. In such a short space of the time the project is coming on leaps and bounds, having been recently allowed, by the delivery partners, to extend the reach of Gateway to also service Nowra and St Heliers (Muswellbrook) correctional centres. This brings the total number of Centres being serviced by Gateway to four.
The objectives of A4e Gateway include: pre and post release employability skills training and employment brokerage; breaking down barriers to successful community reintegration and employment; and facilitating sustainable employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ex-prisoners.
Recognising the transition gap between custody-community-employment faced by prisoners A4e designed the Gateway methodology; approached NSW Corrections and other stakeholders with the concept and Service Delivery Model; as well as sourced funding for the program in partnership with Corrective Services NSW – Corrective Services Industries. Gateway is funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) as an Indigenous Employment Program (IEP).
Over the 2 year Gateway Pilot A4e will support at least 160 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ex-prisoners reintegrate into their community and secure employment.
Gundi Employment Project
The Gundi Project is a program designed by Corrective Services NSW for Indigenous ex-offenders that aims to drive employment outcomes in the building and construction industry sector. Gundi is funded through DEEWR’s IEP. After a competitive process, Corrective Services NSW selected A4e to deliver the Gundi Project employment program at St Heliers Correctional Centre in Regional New South Wales.
Prior to release, Gundi participants gain valuable vocational skills and experience in the sector through involvement in community building and construction projects. Participants build relocatable homes as part of the Affordable Housing Program. In fact over 95% of the houses built at St Heliers are built using participant labour. Gundi participants gain highly valuable skills demanded by employers in the building / construction industry.
A4e also utilise the Gateway methodology to get participants job-ready upon release. Working alongside government, industry partners and local employers, A4e is committed to creating and supporting sustainable jobs for program participants in building and construction.
The Gundi Project was launched 16 June 2011; and is funded until December 2012.
For more information about A4e Justice Business (Gateway or Gundi) please contact Aaron Simpson – A4e Strategy and Innovation Manager via email - firstname.lastname@example.org