CCP is one of several organisations that the GEM Project partners with to improve the lives of individuals via employability and social inclusion, by connecting them with local services and supporting them in overcoming any barriers. GEM stands for Going the Extra Mile, and that is exactly what they do, with the help of GEM Navigator Developers.  

Mark was referred by the GEM Project to CCP’s GEM Navigator Developer, Sam Henson, to obtain support in getting back into work, as well as providing moral support.  

Before the GEM Project, Mark had been working in construction for 25 years, doing everything from bricklaying to labouring, to site management. During this period, he had been also looking after his wife who had been ill for some time. Sadly, he eventually had to stop working to care for his wife full-time, until she passed away.  

Mark knew he needed to refresh his qualifications to get back into construction site management, a job he knew and loved, and through the GEM Project and Sam’s coaching, Mark was able to access funding to make this possible. Mark worked hard and achieved top marks to achieve his CSCS card and SMSTS training. Not only has he pass the courses needed to get back into work with flying colours, he now also has a newfound confidence and is taking better care of his health.  Mark was able to land himself a position with Snape Construction as a Construction Site Manager, starting with a big project to refit college dormitories over the summer holidays.  

When asked about how the GEM Project and CCP’s GEM Navigator Developer, Sam Henson, has helped him, he replied, “Sam really did pick me up and was dedicated to helping. GEM really has turned it around for me and things are on the up, I am in a much better place. So, when you think all is lost and you’re at rock bottom, you’re not, contact GEM and they can help.” 

Mark recommends the GEM Project to anyone that needs support to get back into work. We are grateful for having partnered with GEM to provide people like Mark, a better future.  

To find out more about the GEM Project which is managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of the lead organisation Gloucestershire County Council and jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund, please visit GEM Project | Caring for Communities and People (