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Since the launch of our Exemplar Employer Initiative, our Opportunity Hunters have been rewarding various organisations with this Exemplar Employer Award. 

An Exemplar Employer goes the extra mile by providing an opportunity or opportunities for people who are finding it difficult to enter or re-enter the world of work. 

Stratstone Land Rover were the first organisation to receive this recognition but other organisations including Glevum Security, Specsavers in Cheltenham and Waitrose in Cheltenham have quickly followed suit and shown their commitment to the GEM Project and support for individuals signed up. 

Recently, two more certificates of recognition have been presented to local organisations. The first being one of GEM's partners Stroud Valleys Project. 

They have provided numerous volunteering opportunities for individuals on the project, including administration, marketing, fundraising and handyman positions.

Also, Spider Creative, a creative project management business which is based in Stroud and ran by Sarah, an independent design specialist has supported one of our GEMs. Sarah has offered a work placement opportunity to further increase the GEM individual's knowledge and skills in the creative industry and provided 1-1 mentoring to them. 

The GEM Project is really thankful to all these organisations for their support and commitment to this programme. For more information about the GEM Exemplar Employer Initiative and to get involved in this scheme, please contact GEM's Opportunity Hunters Tony Solomon and Sue Guilding: | 


Our Exemplar Employers are growing in numbers

by Nikki Davies