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Last week the GEM Project celebrated it’s one year anniversary celebration. Gloucestershire Gateway Trust are delighted to be managing this project, so took this opportunity to reflect and celebrate the success of this programme to date.

Since the launch of this project, GEM has engaged with over 500 individuals, supporting these people to help them move closer towards or into employment opportunities.

The event to mark this special occasion, was held at the Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham, filled with dignitaries, partners, businesses and individuals enrolled on the project.

It was designed to showcase the project’s achievements to date, as well as the results of the Monitoring and Evaluation team from the first year, outcomes of the project and an insight to the Participants Council, which has formed as part of this project.

The programme has helped move 108 people into job searching, 173 into further education or training, 58 individuals to gain a qualification and 81 people into employment or self-employment.

High Sheriff Andrew Tabor also took to the stage to present several awards to some of GEM’s Exemplar Employers; organisations who have gone the extra mile to support our GEM’s and provided an opportunity to help them move closer towards employment. These included Glevum Security, Waitrose, Specsavers and Stroud District Furniture Bank.

The event really showed that Gloucestershire has so much to be proud of and the dedication that all the partners, Navigator Developers and GEM team have shown to make the first year of the project such a success. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported this unique project and the GEM team look forward to seeing what the next year will bring.

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

GEM celebrates it’s one-year anniversary

by Nikki Davies