GEM, or the Going the Extra Mile Project, is centered around helping you make the transition into education, training, volunteering or work.
Everyone’s unique and will take their journey into employment at a different pace. No matter what your needs or requirements, the process is completely led by the individual and the Navigator will help by providing dedicated and personalised help.
From advice with job searching and gaining qualifications to confidence building and accessing work experience opportunities, your GEM navigator will be there to assist you every step of the way.
Since September 2018, Farhanah has been the GEM Navigator connected to Fair Shares and in charge of the Barton & Tredworth area. Prior to becoming a Navigator Developer she was active in helping her local community, including volunteering at Skill Zone and working as a community researcher with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. It was after her role there ended that a position opened up at Fair Shares and she took up her current placement.
“All the years I volunteered really helped me to become who I am – the experience and skills I gained through volunteering helped me to get this job. I was already helping people in my community but to get paid in doing what I was doing is a bonus – I love this job.”
During her time as Navigator Developer she’s worked with countless people to help them re-enter the world of employment by working on their confidence and skillset. Part of this involved organising various CV workshops with the help of Adviza and National Careers Service.