The Forwards Employment Service is comprised of:
1:1 support with specialist Job Brokers across the county - offering intensive support to individuals known to Adult Social Care and Children Services. Job brokers meet with their customers on a regular basis, sourcing work experience placements to increase confidence and develop work skills, whilst also engaging with local employers to identify suitable paid opportunities. Customers are also offered bespoke courses to prepare them for the world of employment.
Forwards Work Club
Forwards Work Club - Forwards work clubs provide support for disabled people who have the capacity to work within a group setting. The work clubs are for those who are higher functioning eg those with physical disabilities, mild to moderate mental health issues, higher functioning autism. The work clubs are delivered in partnership with Adult Education.
Forwards Employment Outreach - Forwards is developing knowledge about the support needed for our communities and the partnerships within these. We are offer appointments within the community to provide 1:1 support for people with limiting health conditions or a disability. To find out where you can seek support please click here
Forwards Education - Starting from schools and colleges, Forwards recognises the importance of raising aspirations from an early age. We have a dedicated education team who are working with young people to support them reach their ambitions and discuss long term goals after education. To find out more information click here
GEM Going The Extra Mile
The GEM Project is an employability and social inclusion programme, helping people in Gloucestershire to overcome challenges to employment and move them closer towards or into work.
It is a unique partnership of nearly 50 community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of the lead organisation Gloucestershire County Council and is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.
Individuals signed up to the GEM Project receive personalised one to one support from a Navigator Developer to help them achieve their career based goal, developing life skills, building confidence and self-esteem, whilst overcoming any barriers which prevented them from finding work previously.
The GEM Project has been operating since September 2016 and was initially due to end in December 2019. However, over the last three years, the project has continued to go from strength to strength, being recognised as an exemplar programme and has been awarded additional funding to run until the end of 2021.
For more information about the GEM Project visit www.glosgem.org