The GEM Project aims to engage with and support individuals within Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.
This programme is a unique and unprecedented partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. Each partner has committed to work collaboratively to help individuals with any needs or requirements to overcome any barriers they may have and effectively improve their lives.
The GEM Project will reconnect people with their local services through their communities and ultimately help them achieve their desired outcome, whether through a working or educational related route. This programme understands that everyone is unique, with different needs and requirements, impacting on their step into the world of employment, education or training.
Therefore, this project provides dedicated and specialised help, guidance and support, for each individual enrolled on the project, from transport and childcare costs to support with any disabilities and mental health issues. They will develop life skills, self-esteem and motivation, whilst overcoming any practical barriers to engagement.
With this enhanced level of support, individuals will have access to a wide range of options from confidence building, advice with job searching and interview practice, to opportunities for increasing skills and qualifications, or accessing training and work experience opportunities. The GEM Project offers tailored programmes to every individual through a personalised action plan.
The GEM Project is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.