Gloucester Services is a pretty special place and attracts some high profile visitors, but yesterday the GGT team met the cutest celebrity going - Little Richie, the four week old lamb.
Gloucester Services is a great place to work (not least because of the great food) so it’s no surprise they can receive over 100 job applications every month. Some applicants have no prior experience in catering, retail or customer service, whilst others may need a little more support around CV writing, interview skills and communication.
In January, GGT funded a three day ‘Bridging the Gap’ course with Charlton HR to help potential applicants to work on these skills, and guaranteed an interview for anyone successfully completing the course.
Six people completed part in the course and went on to be interviewed, three of which had developed their skills so well that they were ready for employment and were each offered jobs at Gloucester Services.
Participant Brian described his experience of the course: "Inspiring, motivational and worthwhile. Stand out service station and never been more excited to join a new company and the views are stunning… people doing the course were great too.”
Fellow participant Katie said her highlights of the course: “[the course] made me more confident, meeting the staff, visiting the site. Really excited about the new job, can’t wait.”
Jason Dunsford, Head of Employment and Skills for GGT said: “We’re proud that people really got involved and completed the course, which will have helped them all to move closer to employment, but of course delighted that three of them now have paid jobs with a great employer as a direct result of Bridging the Gap.”
The course is open to anyone who is interested in applying for a job at Gloucester Services but feel they need some pre-employment training.
The next course will be held on 5th-7th March 2019 at The Phoenix Centre, Matson. See the attached flyer for details as to how you can find out more.
Other colleagues from Gloucester Services helped out at the event, and the incredible food was prepared by the catering team and funded by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.
GGT partner Fair Shares also brought along their ‘Chance to Chat’ cards, which give people topics to talk about and bought back memories of family holidays in caravans, cars they used to drive and stories of where they lived and travelled. Guests were also entertained with music from Ross at Footlights.
The Memory Café were recently selected by Gloucester Services colleagues as the charity to benefit from any sales of 5p carrier bags, which has to date raised around £900.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and the Westmorland Family are inviting people to share their views on the proposed hotel development on the highly successful site at Gloucester Services Southbound.
The development is proposed in response to needs of existing Gloucester Services customers and presents an exciting new opportunity for further local jobs and support of local suppliers.
A public consulation website has been set up to give an overview of the plans and to give people an opportunity to share their views on the proposed development, until 26th November. Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and the Westmorland Family will read and consider all responses and use them to help shape the proposals.
Visit www.gloucesterserviceshotel.com to find out more.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust proves social investment model with Gloucester Services can pay dividends for community projects as Annual Review 2017/2018 is released.
On 15th October 2018, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust launched their first Annual Review at M5 Gloucester Services, for the year 2017/2018. The review highlights how the unique model of social investment between a family, a charity and a business has begun bearing financial fruit to support local community projects throughout Gloucestershire.
It's a little known fact that up to 3p in every £ of non-fuel sales at Gloucester Services helps support local communities through Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT). In addition to Community Development grants given to GGT's seven partners, other projects supported by the Trust include local arts and dance festivals, community cafes, beehives and Matson's infamous wicker sheep.
Read more in the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust's Annual Review 2017/2018.
Business booms for Services
Westmorland Limited, which runs Gloucester Services on the M5 as well as the Tebay Services in Cumbria, has announced increased turnover to £96.4m from £92.9m in 2016. Westmorland started to fund its commitment to Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, with a £0.5m contribution in the year.
GEM Project, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust celebrates 1st birthday helping people facing barriers to work
The Gloucestershire GEM project, managed by the Gateway Trust, celebrated its first birthday with a large gathering at Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham.
People representing the project’s 60 partners from the voluntary and community, business and public sectors heard how GEM (Going the Extra Mile) has already made contact with more than 500 people, helping them move closer to training or work through a range of initiatives and activities.
In its first year, GEM has:
There was praise for GEM’s successes so far from Cllr Roger Wilson, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet member, Tom Mcculloch from the Big Lottery – one of the two main funders – business owners and GEM participants.
The independent evaluators of the three-year programme, which supports people facing barriers to training and work, reported that a lasting legacy will be the links made between all the partners through the GEM network.
For a full report of the celebration event, including video interviews filmed by Fair Shares’ Reyaz Limalia, see http://bit.ly/2hex6Pr
What is GEM?
The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.
GEM will reconnect people with their local services and ultimately help them achieve their desired work-based outcome through an individual personalised action plan. This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
For more information, please visit www.glosgem.org