To empower & facilitate people with a disability in Jersey.
To maximise their potential to gain and maintain open employment through individual training, education & support.


Welcome to our Autumn newsletter. In this edition we focus on our recent conference along with news about our new town offices as well as a catch up on what's happening at JET

Jersey Employment Trust

Able to Work Conference 2013

"Opening Minds, Opening Doors"


This years JET Conference, held at the Hotel de France on October 3rd, focused on the launch of the JET Able to Work Internship programme, a new intiative recently set up in partnership with the States of Jersey. Conference delegates included JET service users, employers from both private and public sectors, linked agency staff as well as a number of States members. During the morning delegates attended workshops where the internships scheme was discussed along with how it could be developed further and replicated in the private sector. Members of States departments where the internship programme is already running were also on hand to feedback their experiences and answer any questions. Post-conference feedback has been extremely positive and encouraging with a number of employers contacting JET to express interest in setting up a similar programme within their own workplace.

The conference also included the JET Able to Work Employer Awards, which recognises local businesses for their outstanding and continued support of JET's services.

There was a presentation from Speakout called "Inspirational People". The Speakout team is made up of  a group of local disabled people which formed in 2008.

Speeches are always a big part of conferences and this one was no exception. Along with an introduction from Stephen Platt (Chair of JET Board of Trustees), there were speeches from Ian Gorst (Chief Minister) and Mark Sinclair (Director of HR, States of Jersey). We were also very fortunate to have been able to add Francesca Martinez to that list and all those who attended were provided with a very inspirational, motivating and often hilarious insight into her own experiences and perceptions on employment and disability.

To view the interview with Francesca (pictured below) just click on the link here.

For more information about everything featured in this newsletter or to find out more about JET in general, please go to

Speak Out / Inspirational Gallery


Speakout was formed in 2008 and is made up of a group of people with disabilities whose mission is to provide a positive voice for people with disabilities in Jersey. Along with offering support and confidence building to people with disabilities on the island they also work to raise awareness in the wider community through training, consultancy, seminars and conferences.

The presentation at the recent JET conference by Nick, Gemma, Sam and Jenny informed the delegates of their plans for the future, which include developing their own constitution and becoming an independent charity in their own right. 

The group are now in the process of developing a marketing strategy which includes a new leaflet and website page along with Twitter and Facebook accounts. There are also plans to raise their profile on the island and with this in mind the group are looking for sponsors, ambassadors and champions of their work as well as organising fund raising events.

Following on from their presentation the group paid tribute to some local people in their Inspirational Peoples gallery. In the words of Sam Lally "These achievements may be big or small but simply inspire people to be all they can be and reach their dreams."

Should you wish to contact Speakout their e-mail address is:

JET Able to Work Employer Awards 2013

A number of local employers received Outstanding Employer awards at this years conference. These included Aquasplash, Jersey Evening Post , Signature Executive Transport, Spoor and Fisher, States of Jersey Health Dept, Jersey Trees for Life, Serviceair and Seymour Hotels.

Conference goers were first shown a short film of all the winners before the awards were presented by the Chief Minister, Ian Gorst.

Aquasplash was chose as JET Employer of the Year award in recognition of the outstanding and continuous support they have given to JET.

A DVD featuring all the award winners can be viewed by clicking on the link here.

On behalf of all at JET we would like to congratulate all the winners and thank them for their continued and ongoing support.

Town Offices

The work on our new town offices is now completed and as of Monday 14th October we will be running all of our Job Club sessions from 46-50 Kensington Chambers, Kensington Place, St Helier. Job Clubs will run on a Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning from 10am to 12pm, with an aditional slot on a Wednesday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. The new offices will provide JET clients with a more accessible alternative to the Oakfield building on the Highlands campus. The offices will also be used for training purposes and the delivery of a number of work focused courses as well as providing a convenient meeting place for clients and employers .

Also located on the ground floor is a meeting/training room which can seat up to 50 people and includes computer and internet access, a projector and air conditioning as seen below: 

Should you wish to find out more and how you can hire the room, plesase contact JET on 788900 or simply e-mail

Please see below for our google maps location:


"The States of Jersey, as the islands largest employer, is absolutely committed to the equality and diversity agenda and the employment of people with disabilities. We firmly believe.... that modern and engaged management means that people with disabilities can enter employment with us... (Mark Sinclair, Director of HR, States of Jersey)

The launch of the new Internship intiative between the States of Jersey (SOJ) and JET is a first for the island with an overall goal of providing people with disabilities and/or long term health conditions the opportunity to gain experience and develop valuable skills which will enable them to eventually move into paid employment. Internships will not only include time limited work placements within States departments but also inductions, work based learning and training elements.

The main principles of the JET - SOJ internships are that candidates are based, trained, developed and supported in the workplace.

Should you wish to find out more about Internships please contact Siobhan O'Connor @

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