A National Star College student sitting in her chair smiles up to a lady.

National Star works in partnership with a large number of community organisations and charities who share our values and ethos.

Our students and long-term residents living in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wales enjoy being part of their local communities and can often be seen shopping, using leisure facilities and going to pub and clubs in the area. In addition, many local employers provide opportunities for learners to gain work experience in a real business environment so that they can develop their skills for life after college. Do say hello if you see one of them! 

The GEM Project

Glos Gem Project

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

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