Waitrose in Cheltenham have provided two mock interview sessions for GEM individuals, using their current interview process to provide a realistic interview experience but with added support and guidance when necessary. "It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this process and we will be looking to hold further practice interviews to support more people. It's even helped me, challenging myself with my interview techniques to ensure that I am clear, and my instructions are explained properly to be fully understood."
Since working with the GEM Project, Specsavers in Cheltenham have employed four GEM individuals. They are known in the store as the "fab four," with three GEM's working in the lab helping with quality control and the fourth supporting the administration team. Sarah O'Grady, Lab Manager: "I would definitely recommend the GEM Project to any organisation, it is such a good opportunity to help those who need help back into work. It has a made a huge difference to our store having these four GEM's working with us and they are all such a joy to have around."
Stroud Valleys Project is the first GEM Partner to become an Exemplar Employer. Working for the environment to change lives and transform places, Stroud Valleys Project work with people from all walks of life. They have provided numerous volunteering opportunities for individuals on the project, including administration, marketing, fundraising and handyman positions.
Stratstone Land Rover is based in Cheltenham and specialise in Land Rover vehicle sales. After working with the GEM team to support one of our GEM individuals, Stratstone Land Rover was the first organisation to become an Exemplar Employer. Stuart Curtis, Sales Manager: “Without a doubt, I would recommend the GEM Project. The entire process in arranging this placement has been extremely smooth running; there has been brilliant communication with Reg, Alex’s Navigator Developer from Gloucestershire Deaf Association, and it’s enabled us to create a solution which supports both parties. We have now employed Alex on a full time basis.”