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A number of GEM individuals have recently been able to experience a dry-stone walling taster day on Leckhampton Hill as part of their personalised GEM journey.

Each individual who took part was able to gain practical experience of the traditional skill of dry stone walling; learning how to select, dress and shape the stone, along with the technique needed to lay stone into the wall.

Not only this, it enabled a contribution to be made towards repairing an existing dry-stone wall in the Cotswolds, supporting the work carried out by the Cotswold Conservation Board.

The Cotswold Conservation Board is the organisation which exists to enhance and conserve the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provided an experienced instructor as well as all the tools and equipment needed for the day.

Sam Henson, Navigator Developer for CCP and the leader behind this event, incorporated this taster experience into GEM activities, after being approached by Wayne Sedgwick, Cheltenham Borough Councils Senior Community Ranger with a proposed idea. He was interested in restoring a wall on the Cotswold Way, whilst creating an opportunity for the long term unemployed.

Sam comments: “The GEM project is always looking for unique opportunities that help break down the barriers to employment. For most of the GEM individuals interested in this taster day, it would be the first time they have even considered the trade and its potential in terms of employment and self-employment. However, thanks to the Cotswold Conservation Board, Cheltenham Borough Council, The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens and the GEM Project; these individuals were able to try their hand at highly demanded trade and indulge in the life of a drystone waller”.

Following on from this taster day, the individuals have all shown a strong interest to complete their Level 1 qualification in this trade, which is already in discussion with the tutor and Conservation Board.

GEM’s become a “stone throw” closer towards finding work whilst supporting the local countryside

by Nikki Davies

We have a great job opportunity for someone to join the GEM Project Management Team as a Quality Manager.


Gloucestershire County Council and over 70 voluntary community social enterprise (VCSE), public and private sector partners from across the county have joined together and won £3.2million funding to help the county’s most vulnerable adults into work, training or education; the project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

This exciting new project, known as The Gloucestershire GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Project, will engage with 1,100 people over three years. It began in October 2016 and will focus on people who face challenges in getting into work, and support them to move closer towards education, training, volunteering or employment.

The GEM Project is managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The project will be delivered by GEM Delivery Partners of whom 28 have employed ‘Navigator Developers’ who are already directly supporting over 300 people to engage with education, training, volunteering and employment.

GEM Quality Manager full time

Location: Head office in Gloucester but role across Gloucestershire

Salary: £25,000 per annum

The successful candidate will work alongside the 28 Navigator Developers on three themes:

  • Quality – Lead the implementation of quality assurance and management standards, assessing the quality of provision, observing practice and providing support and development to Navigator Developers. Encouraging the ongoing continual professional development of the team and maximising the quality of provision to GEM participants.
  • Support – Working with Navigator Developers to support them in aspects of their delivery as required and organising local cluster groups to foster closer working relationships and joint activities.
  • Delivery – You will be expected to engage directly with participants, at times carrying a very small caseload, for example when working alongside Delivery Partner Extra Mile Fund projects or to manage fluctuations in demand.

Key Personal Attributes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication;
  • A commitment to accuracy, quality and delivering high standards;
  • Ability to think strategically;
  • Strong relationship management skills;
  • Empathy with GEM participants;
  • Strong negotiator and team player;
  • Achieves outcomes;
  • The ability to travel across Gloucestershire.

Relevant Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience of delivering advice and mentoring to vulnerable or disengaged people;
  • Understanding of the requirements of Big Lottery Fund and ESF funded partnership programmes desirable;
  • Careers Information, Advice and Guidance qualification or equivalent desirable;
  • Developing and implementing quality management systems;
  • Knowledge of provision and support networks across Gloucestershire;
  • Good IT skills.

This role is for a Fixed Term Contract period until 30th September 2019. Job share and secondment enquiries are welcome.

To apply email for an application form.

The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 26th June.

The GEM Team is recruiting!

by Nikki Davies

Since it’s official launch in October 2016, the GEM Project currently has over 350 individuals signed up to the programme.

This new and unique programme aims to help those who are dealing with circumstances that are currently impacting on them entering or re-entering the working environment. Working with over 50 partners across Gloucestershire, the GEM Project will support people and help move them closer towards education, training, volunteering or work.

The project is designed to be tailored to each individual’s need and they will receive 1:1 support from a Navigator Developer, who will help and assist throughout the person’s entire GEM journey.

A large number of individuals have already completed their own personalised journey, which has resulted in seeing people gain qualifications, set up their own business and complete various training programmes, from retail to catering.

For more information about the GEM journey steps and how you can start your own, please click here.

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

GEM is helping over 350 individuals across Gloucestershire

by Nikki Davies

With the GEM Project officially launched in October, we are now proud to present our new GEM website.

Designed by one of our partners Prospect Digital, we have put together a simple platform for everyone to find out about the GEM Project. The GEM Project is a new initiative and aims to help people move closer towards education, training, volunteering or work; reconnecting people with their local services through their communities.

Whether your someone who could potentially benefit from the programme or an employer seeking more details on how you could help support the project, we’re hoping you will find all the information you need.

If you’re looking to move closer to employment, education or training, click here.

If you’re interested in employing a diverse workforce and supporting your community, click here.

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Our new GEM website is now live!

by Nikki Davies

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