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Success Stories

This section provides the chance to read about real individuals and their unique journey in how the GEM Project has helped them to move closer towards employment.

Jessica Owens

Cheltenham

Jess has dyspraxia and dyslexia but has also recently been diagnosed with autism. This has led to her struggling to find work and has severely knocked her confidence.

After completing a catering course at College, working in this industry is something that I’ve always wanted to do. My Navigator Developer used to be my housing support worker and suggested the GEM Project to help support me in finding work in an area I really enjoy.

Jess signed up to the Kitchen Challenge course, a project ran by one of our GEM Partners, The Wiggly Worm. This enabled her to equip herself with relevant knowledge and experience to support her with her goal in becoming a chef.

I’ve really enjoyed learning new skills on this course and gaining experience in an area that I’m really interested in. I’ve not had any real support previously so the help my Navigator Developer has given me has been amazing, even helping me apply for jobs. It’s great too, as even though the course is in Gloucester, the GEM Project funds my bus travel to get to the venue each week which really helps.


June Durham

Forest of Dean

Being a full-time Mum, June had been unemployed for around 7 years, but has now secured a part-time position that fits around with her personal commitments.

I have wanted to get back into the world of work for a while and was working with the Job Centre, but was mainly going on different courses rather than getting any real work experience.

June began her GEM journey in November 2016 and after two months working with her Navigator Developer, building her confidence, she secured a work placement. She then applied for a paid position at the Forest Upcycling project and was offered the role.

I’ve really enjoyed being on the GEM Project. I’d much rather be working than only doing courses and it’s given me the chance to get some real hands-on experience which I can reference on my CV. The support from my Navigator Developer has really helped bring me along and build my confidence, and now from this project I’ve been able to get a job.


Samara Latit

Gloucester

Samara came to the UK in 2014. She was previously a teacher in Pakistan but has now been unemployed since August 2015. With English not being her first language, she felt she needed more confidence and support to find employment in this country.

The GEM Project has given me lots of ideas on what to do. It has helped me to become more independent and stand on my own feet. I have completed a Direction to Success course which has really supported me and given me the energy and an aim to work towards.

She is now volunteering at the Haven Family Nursery to build her experience and improve her English further. With a background in teaching, this childcare route is ideal for her and she is extremely keen to gain a childcare qualification to develop her skills further.

I searched for my volunteering position with the help of my Navigator Developer; her methods are very interesting and I now feel mentally ready to get a job in the UK. I would recommend the GEM Project to anyone. My Navigator Developer has really helped me move forward and improve my life.