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From Tuesday 5th September until Monday 18th September, an exciting new exhibition, Changing Landscapes, will be running at the New Brewery Arts Centre from 9am until 5pm each day.

This exhibition is a joint project which has been organised by two of The GEM Project’s partners; Donna and Amanda, Navigator Developers for Art Shape and The Churn Project.

After working with a number of GEM individuals with a brilliant artistic talent, this exhibition has been been designed to provide an opportunity for these budding GEM artists, which they may have not had the option to experience previously.

It aims to showcase the talents of these artists, and document both their creative abilities and the impact that creativity has in defining the landscape of their lives, past, present and future.

Through the support of the GEM Project, not only have they been able to promote their work in an exhibition, but begin their journey to gaining employment in the creative industries.

Please feel free to pop along and show your support for these GEM individuals and take the chance to enjoy their eclectic and inspiring artwork.

GEM Exhibition at the New Brewery Arts Centre

by Nikki Davies

Due to the high demand and continued success of the GEM Project, we now have another two Navigator Developer posts available, through PATA and The Cheltenham Trust.

The GEM Project Navigator Developers work directly with individuals signed up to the project, guiding each person throughout their entire journey to help them reach their goals. They provide intensive 1:2:1 support in order to build their stability, confidence, motivation and readiness to learn, and ultimately move them closer towards or into employment.

For more information about the roles and details on how to apply, please click on the relevant links.


PATA is the largest voluntary sector provider of support to early years childcare and education in Gloucestershire.

PATA Navigator Developer Post

Application deadline is Friday 18th August.

The Cheltenham Trust:

The Cheltenham Trust are dedicated to enriching the lives of residents and visitors through art, culture, heritage, sport, play and performance. Their venues and services offer a hub for events, social interaction, diversity and creativity.

Cheltenham Trust Navigator Developer Post

Application deadline is Friday 1st September.

Do you fancy helping our GEM's?

by Nikki Davies

The GEM Project has now launched its new GEM Exemplar Employer Initiative, awarding Stratstone Land Rover in Cheltenham the first of these accolades.

A GEM Exemplar Employer is an organisation that believes every person should have an opportunity to engage in meaningful work and goes the extra mile by providing an opportunity for people who are finding it difficult to enter or re-enter the world of work. This GEM Exemplar Employer award recognises an organisation’s commitment to the value of providing effective opportunities.

Tony Solomon, Opportunity Hunter for the GEM Project comments; “This is definitely an exciting time for the GEM Project; we are really keen for organisations to lead by example and be a part of something great in building a better community and business environment in Gloucestershire.

The Exemplar Employer Initiative creates the opportunity for employers to access a significant pool of talent which can ultimately improve business performance and bottom line results.

It’s really straightforward for businesses to be a part of this scheme, by simply providing an opportunity to one of our GEM individuals, anything from work experience to full or part time employment.”

Recently, one of the GEM Project’s individuals undertook a placement at Stratstone Land Rover in Cheltenham, supporting the Sales Executives with the photography required for each vehicle.

Stuart Curtis, Sales Manager at Stratstone Land Rover Cheltenham, comments; “Since Alex has been working with us, productivity has significantly increased, which has resulted in a higher number of vehicle sales and we’re now looking at offering him a full time position.

Without a doubt, I would recommend the GEM Project to any organisation. The entire process has been extremely smooth running, there has been brilliant communication with Reg Cobb, Alex’s Navigator Developer from Gloucestershire Deaf Association, and it’s enabled us to tap into a talented work force that we were previously unaware of, creating a solution which supports and suits both parties.

I feel we have built a great partnership and I’m really excited to see where this will lead moving forward.”

For more information about the project and Exemplar Employer Initiative, please contact Tony Solomon on 07387 100970 or

Our GEM Exemplar Employer Initiative has now launched

by Nikki Davies

With the number of individuals that we are supporting on the GEM Project in Gloucestershire growing, we are now also looking to recruit a GEM Apprentice Administrator. This individual will need to be enthusiastic, who is keen to learn and passionate about helping other people.

As part of this project, every three months we submit a report to our funders; The Big Lottery Fund and The European Social Fund, gathering information about how we are spending the money and are supporting people.

Therefore, we are looking for someone to provide administrative support to help this happen effectively. This will include the whole range of office duties, using Microsoft Word and Excel in particular on a daily basis.

You will be helping to answer the phone to take queries from our partner organisations or referrals from people who want to join the GEM Project.

For further details and a full job description, please click here

The closing date for this position is Tuesday 18th July.

The GEM Team is looking for an Apprentice

by Nikki Davies

Recently six GEM participants took part in a morning of mock interviews at the Waitrose store in Cheltenham.

The GEM Project had participants from a range of organisations, including the Stroud Valleys Project, National Star College, Open House, Gloucestershire Deaf Association and GARAS.

The morning mirrored the usual JLP interview process, with an application form being submitted in advance and then an individual interview as well as a group task. The activities were made as realistic as possible and, although there were no actual jobs available, all of the individuals reported that they found it to be an extremely useful process, with each person taking away something beneficial from the morning.

The GEM Opportunity Hunters were then able to provide detailed feedback to each Navigator Developer, so that they knew what they needed to work on with their individual moving forward, to enable them to make an even better impression in the future. This should now stand them in good stead when they have a “real” interview.

The GEM Team would like to thank Richard Martin, Partner Co-Ordination Manager at Waitrose, for his time, energy and enthusiasm in running the event and he has agreed to repeat the process in the Autumn. We will be announcing dates shortly, so if you think you would benefit from this opportunity and would like some extra support, contact the GEM team now to see if you’re eligible for the GEM Project.

Waitrose supports our GEM's with their interview techniques

by Nikki Davies

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