Gloucestershire businesses and organizations who are committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture have been recognized at a brand new county awards event.
The GEM project, which exists to support people trying to access education, training or work, has revealed the winners of its first-ever Gloucestershire Inclusive Employers Awards.
Each winner was recognized for “embracing and creating a culture where diverse groups of people feel valued, confident and able to be themselves”.
Jason Dunsford, Project Manager for the GEM Project, said: “Every organization has strived to create an inclusive and diverse workplace, which has enabled them to reap a wide range of benefits, ranging from reduced workload staff turnover and recruitment costs have positive impacts on staff. moral.’
A total of 13 employers won awards at the event, including Art Shape, Caring for Communities and People (CCP), Emma Willis Ltd, GARAS, Gloucester Services, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucester Deaf Association, GL11, GL Communities, Inclusion Gloucestershire, Specsavers, the Nelson Trust and the University of Gloucestershire.
Emma Willis, whose award-winning Gloucester-based shirtmaking company, said: “I met the extraordinarily talented tailor and craftsman Ibrahim through GARAS and the GEM project, who came with his young family from the Syria torn apart by war where he lost his home and business.
“We have now employed Ibrahim for three years and he has been an invaluable addition to our business, running our Net a Porter production. “
The host of the event, Gloucester Services, received a special award for its Bridging the Gap program, a course organized with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust to provide pre-employment support and guaranteed maintenance.
By Andrew Merrell
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021