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Are you struggling to find work? Are you unable to get through traditional recruitment processes? Are you being invited to interviews but not being offered the role?

Designed to be different, our new and exciting inclusive jobs fair is open to anyone looking for a work based opportunity but may be finding it difficult to currently find work. 

Come and join us on Wednesday 11th May from 10am until 3pm at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester where you will have the opportunity to meet with a wide range of local inclusive employers offering various work opportunities, including full and part time positions, apprenticeships, trainee roles, work trials and placements. 

We are delighted to welcome the following employers to our event, with the list continually growing over the next few weeks:

McDonalds Franchise       Stroud District Council       G4S


Pro Cook         Commerical


Pro Global   Ubico   Gloucester Services


Hunt 4      The Orders of St Johns Care Trust      


Gloucestershire County Council   Hartpury College   Start and Grow Enterprise


      Bromford Housing


CCP - Caring for Communities and People    Gloucestershire Constabulary    Morrisons


Royal Agricultural University   Freemans Event Partners   Proud to Care Gloucestershire


GL Communities       NHS Gloucestershire Health and Care Foundation Trust   


Our onsite mentor team will also be on hand throughout the day to guide you around the jobs fair and help make those important introductions to employers should you need it. We will be able to help job match you to suitable organisations and roles and ensure you're able to access all the facilities available on the day. 

What's more there will be a number of workshops being held during the day, ran by Adult Education, GRCC and the National Careers Service, including Customer Service skills, Interview Tips, CV Writing, Confidence Building and LinkedIn support. Full workshop details will be available soon. 

There will also be the opportunity to submit job applications, enhance CVs and receive general careers advice in our dedicated career support space, thanks to the Gloucestershire Employment and Skills Hub team, as well as have a professional headshot photograph taken for your own use.

To ensure we provide you with the best possible experience, please prebook an arrival timeslot to our Jobs Fair, either by calling 01452 699741 or emailing 

Timeslots are available every hour between 10am and 2pm. Please be aware that from 10am until 11am has been designated as a quiet hour. 




by Nikki Davies

We are delighted to announce after the success of our first four Inclusivity Works Lunch and Learn webinars last November, we have just launched series 2!

We had some great feedback so we really hope you found them informative and useful, if you missed any or would like to watch again or share with colleagues, you can find the recordings along with top tips sheets for each session here: Lunch and Learn | Inclusivity Works

Registration is now open for our second series of Lunch and Learn, which will run at the same time on Tuesdays throughout February.  Register today to secure your place and remember you only have to register once to access all four sessions – see all the topics below.

Click here to register -

Lunch and Learn Series 2

by Harry Cowley

Yesterday over 70 people tuned in to the second Inclusivity Works ‘lunch and learn’ webinar, learning all about neurodiversity in the workplace. As well as exploring the many types of neurodiversity, those who tuned in were also given advice and guidance to maximise potential in both the recruitment process and at work, and given useful pointers on the support and funding available. The lunch and learn webinars are presented in conjunction with experts in their field, this week enlisting the help of Genius Within who offer support to both individuals and employers on this topic.

One attendee commented: “It was really helpful to understand what neurodiversity means how it affects people, what as an employer we can do and how to tap into those hidden skills/attributes.”

The first lunch and learn which took place on Tuesday 16th November explored ‘Deafness in the workplace’ through an interview with Reg Cobb from the Gloucestershire Deaf Association and his interpreter. An attendee fed back after that session: “I enjoyed hearing about how to give opportunities and to understand the strengths that a deaf person in the workplace brings. It helped me to understand what opportunities we can give in the workplace namely a creative role and how we can empower employees.”

Another commented on the format: “I really liked the format with no cameras and videos, so no pressure. Love the lunch time slot. It was nice that it was live information with the option to ask questions.”

Following the webinars, attendees are also sent a summary tips sheet from Inclusivity Works and recordings of the sessions will be available once the current series concludes. If you haven’t already you can still register for the last two webinars, which take place on Tuesday lunchtimes, and will explore ‘Recruiting refugees and foreign workers’ on 30th November and ‘Diversity in the workplace’ on 6th December.  You can register here once to attend both sessions:

Inclusivity Works Lunch and Learn recap

by Harry Cowley

As part of our commitment to share our collective experiences and expertise with a wider range of employers, this November we are delighted to launch our first series of Inclusivity Works Lunch and Learn sessions.

These are a series of free, online lunchtime Zoom webinars aimed at employers, managers, recruiters, HR professionals but also open to anyone with an interest in the subject. The 45-minute webinars, presented by experts in their fields, will offer employers practical advice and guidance whilst you enjoy your lunch. No cameras or expectations, people are free to come along to just one or all of the sessions that are useful and of interest to them.

You only need to register once using this link:

See below for all of the details.  We hope you’ll join us and share with your colleagues and contacts too.


by Harry Cowley

The Inclusivity Works campaign launched by the GEM Project is delighted to announce the first Gloucestershire Inclusive Employers Awards received by organisations who are committed to building an inclusive culture in the workplace.  Each of them have been recognised for embracing and creating a culture where diverse groups of people feel valued, confident and able to be themselves, and have seen incredible benefits as individuals contribute their very best to the organisation. 

At an event held at Gloucester Services on 6th October 2021, awards were presented to 13 employers that have welcomed inclusivity and diversity as part of their working and employment practices, supporting candidates that, for a variety of reasons, have struggled to get into the workplace.  By doing so, they are helping to create a sustainable future for inclusivity in the workplace as well as reaping tangible benefits. 

Adding real business value, not just a good thing to do 

Emma Willis, whose business received an award said: “As a manufacturing fashion business, Gloucester is such a great city to employ as there is so much creative talent enriched by the many refugees who are welcomed and settled in by exemplary organisations such as the GEM Project, GARAS, City Farm and The Friendship Cafe. I met the extraordinarily talented tailor and craftsman Ibrahim through GARAS and the GEM Project, who came with his young family from war torn Syria where he had lost his home and business. We have now employed Ibrahim for three years and he has been an invaluable addition to it our business, leading our Net a Porter production.”  

Event host Gloucester Services also received an award for their ‘Bridging the Gap’ programme, a course designed and run with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust to offer pre-employment support and a guaranteed interview to people who may normally find traditional recruitment processes challenging.   

Hayley Dolling, People Business Partner at Gloucester Services said: “Being part of the bridging the gap initiative has been a great benefit to Gloucester Services. We have gained valuable colleagues who without this opportunity to meet us, may not have made it through our traditional recruitment process. It is not just for those dedicated to looking for a role, but also provides a good personal development opportunity for interviewing and work experience. We are very much looking forward to supporting our next group later in October.” Leading Gloucestershire to become a ‘beacon of inclusivity’ in the UK 

Since 2017 the GEM Project, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council and funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund, have been working to support individuals in overcoming barriers preventing them from gaining education, training or work.  Over the last year they launched their Inclusivity Works campaign aimed at employers.  Its ambition is to make the county a beacon for inclusivity in the UK. And despite the difficulties of the past 18 months’, they have worked with both employers and candidates to embrace the benefits that inclusion in the workplace can bring. 

Jason Dunsford, Project Manager for the GEM Project comments, “We are delighted to have been able to support these organisations on the journey to becoming Gloucestershire Inclusive Employers Awards winners.  Each has worked to achieve an inclusive and diverse workplace, going on to reap a wide range of benefits by doing so, from reduced staff turnover and recruitment costs to positive impacts on staff morale.”  

By sharing business experiences, Inclusivity Works aims to inspire more employers to work in partnership with the campaign and through the support on offer, take advantage of fantastic, talented and motivated potential employees who may not have previously been considered. 

Their website provides a useful online resource hub, underpinned by a series of case studies on real Gloucestershire employers sharing their stories  


The first 13 Gloucestershire Inclusive Employers 

Art Shape 

Caring for Communities and People (CCP) 

Emma Willis Ltd  


Gloucester Services 

Gloucestershire County Council 

Gloucester Deaf Association 


GL Communities  

Inclusion Gloucestershire  


The Nelson Trust 

University of Gloucestershire 

First 13 Gloucestershire organisations receive new Inclusive Employer Award

by Harry Cowley

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