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GRCC named Exemplar Employer by GEM

In June, Elin Tattersall was delighted to accept the Exemplar Employer certificate on behalf of GRCC from GEM (Going the Extra Mile).  This was in recognition of the opportunities to gain work experience through volunteering provided to GEM participants, which in one case also led to GRCC taking the GEM participant on as a member of staff.

The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people close towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.  There are two GEM Navigator Developers based at GRCC.  Amanda Wragg largely focuses on supporting older people (aged 50+) and those returning to work after their children have started school, whilst Julie Pritchard is based in the Tewkesbury area.

Amanda has recently been coordinating a course, based at St Thomas More School, Hesters Way in Cheltenham, helping parents of young children with employability skills such as CV writing, interview skills, benefits advice and ideas for training courses.  She is currently exploring the possibility of an employability course for people who have English as a second language, which will involve English language trainers and work skills trainers, and will be in conjunction with GARAS, another GEM partner.

GEM and GRCC are also supporting Cotswold Friends to set up a Job Club in Moreton in Marsh Area Centre.  The aim is for the Job Club to run on Friday mornings from the end of July as a pilot.  One of Amanda's GEM participants will be employed to support other job searchers in the area.

The GEM programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations including GRCC, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.