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Hello once again and welcome to our final and very seasonal newsletter of the year. Along with the launch of our new business plan we have a mix of old and new in this issue with a look back at some of the highlights of the year and a little look forward to some of the things coming up in the new year. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very best wishes for 2015.

 The Jersey Employment Trust Business Plan 2015 - 2019

This December see's the launch of the Trust's business plan for the next 5 years. The plan not only looks back at the many developments over the last 15 years but also makes a clear statement of what the Trust hopes to achieve in the next 5. 
In essence the  staff and trustees have signed up to six commitments to our Clients, Employers and Stakeholders. These are:


  • Maximise our client's potential capacity to move towards employment;
  • Create a seamless and coherent pathway towards employment for all our clients;
  • Provide a quality, professional recruitment and information service for Employers;
  • Contribute to the wider Jersey community and raise disability awareness through the work we do;
  • Strengthen our financial position in order to meet the growing demand for our services;
  • Maintain effective governance, quality premises and resources plus an organisational structure that will make JET fit for purpose into the future;

You can view copies of the plan by clicking here or by going to our web-site at or to request a copy you can call us on 788900 or e-mail us at

Employment News
I'm sure many of us at this time of year will be thinking, where did the last 12 months go? In regard to our service as a whole, I feel we can reflect positively on 2014 and regard it with a huge amount of pride on what has been achieved over the year.
In regard to getting clients into employment, this has been our most successful year so far, with a total of  150 paid employment places recorded and work experience placements totalling 152. A fantastic achievement by the employment team and a huge thanks to all the employers, both old and new,  who have worked with us over the year.
Other highlights have included: March we were visited by 5 members of staff from Durapart AS ,a vocational rehabilitation service based in Norway. They had heard about the work of JET whilst undergoing a review of their own service. Michael Evans, the Former President of the European Union of Supported Employment, had recommended the Norwegian service learn from the JET model that is in place in Jersey. 
April saw the official launch of our Job Club in Kensington Place , St Helier. The Job Club has proved a huge success and is open daily. Plans for the new year include additional weekly sessions with a focus on specific work related topics such as , CV prep, interviews, customer service, budgeting, etc.
Following a review and refunding our revamped Internship Programme, which offers JET clients between the ages of 16-24 the opportunity of paid work while learning a role, is now in full swing with a total of 22 clients accessing the scheme.
It was also a year for awards with Acorn winning a Discretionary award for plant production  in the Parish in Bloom competition as well as playing a major part in the success of St Saviours parish in winning the Best Parish Hall in Bloom award.
September saw the opening of the Acorn Woodshack, a new addition to JETs existing business units. The Woodshack, which is run in partnership with Recycle Jersey, is a social enterprise which provides employment and training opportunities for JET clients. Our thanks once again to the  Lloyds Foundation for funding the project.  

Woodshack News
If you're stuck for ideas on what to buy someone for Christmas and want something a little different why not pop up to the Woodshack at Acorn in Trinity. They are open Monday to Friday 8.00 to 4.15 and Saturdays from 9 till 12.
We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate John Hill and his colleagues  from TTS who recently won the Transport and Technical Services Eco-Active Award as part of their Modern Management course. The project they chose for their presentation lead to the setting up of the timber recycling project  between TTS and JET and consequently to the founding of the  Acorn Woodshack.


John was originally seconded by TTS  to set up the Woodshack project with JET and  we are pleased to announce that John will become a member of the JET staff as manager of the Woodshack in January.
John and his team
would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas & Prosperous New Year!
In Focus
In our Autumn newsletter we spoke briefly about Back to Work financial incentives and how they can benefit both employers and job seekers alike.  We would like to take a brief moment to look at an example of this in action.

Ricardo (Ric) was referred to the Jersey Employment Trust in June of this year after being out of work for over 2 years. Ric is a highly creative and skilled time-served carpenter who was very motivated to find employment. Initially Ric started a part-time 6-week placement at The Woodshack (Acorn) crafting ornate furniture from timber that otherwise would have been lost in the waste stream.  Ric quickly went full time and continued to produce a range of unique wooden furniture culminating in a display at the Lifestyle Show at Fort Regent.

Above: the display shown at the Lifestyle Show and one of Ric's creations
Below: Ric working on an indoor dog kennel for a client

The Jersey Employment Trust was very keen to employ Ric full time and was able to secure the funding to do so via the Community Jobs Fund. This financial incentive offered by Back to Work, provides charities and third-sector employers with the funding to employ an individual for up to 30 hours per week for 6 months. Eligible jobseekers have to be aged 16 – 24 and registered unemployed for six months plus or any age and registered unemployed for 12 months or more. These roles should provide the candidate with skills and experience and be of tangible benefit to the wider community.

John Hill, The Woodshack’s project manager, said that Ric “now seems to be thriving in the environment that Acorn provides and since starting his confidence has returned and his obvious talent is there for all to see with the quality of his work.”

We liaised with Back to Work who visited the site to see what Ric’s role entailed and agreed that it met the criteria to receive funding. Ric has now been employed for almost a month and is going from strength to strength. Mike Webber, who manages the Community Jobs Fund, said of the programme: “Ric’s role at The Woodshack is a great example of why The Community Jobs Fund has been so successful for employers and jobseekers alike.  The work Ric is doing will help bring him closer to unsubsidised employment by refreshing his skills and giving him recent experience. For the employer, they can deliver a community benefit that would not have been otherwise possible.”

In Ric’s own words, “A tree grows naturally from the earth upon which we stand. From just small seeds placed in ground giant organisms appear which provide societies, impoverished or affluent, with the most sustainable and versatile resource man could ever hope for. I love working with wood, and now I am working at Acorn, my furniture designs are coming to life in a rustic style using 100% recycled timber. What a wonderful resource.”



Our Transition service will be working with Le Rocquier School in the New Year to run a new program called “world of work”.  The scheme is designed to assist students who will require support to access employment on leaving full time education. Les Ormes will be the venue for some of the sessions, where students will be taking part in “Apprentice” style tasks and learning employment related skills in a fun, practical, hands-on way. It is hoped that the scheme will be run out to all secondary schools in the next academic year.  Many thanks go to Barclays bank who awarded the scheme with £5735 as part of their community awards scheme.    

At the Customer Service awards ceremony held in November, Jake Godel was awarded the Aspiring Star Award. Jake starting engaging with JET after studying Travel and Tourism at Highlands College and undertook a work experience at the Hotel Christina. During this time Jake engaged with all elements of the role which included working in reception, in the bar and as hall porter.   After a successful time with the hotel, Stephen the manager nominated Jake for the customer service awards. Jake won the Aspiring Star Award for his excellent rapport with the hotel guests, he gave an interview for BBC Radio Jersey relaying his story and encouraging other people with a disability to “put yourself out there and give it a go!”
 Coming up in the New Year
The 5th JET Conference is already in the planning stage with the theme of next years event focusing on Wellbeing and Managing Mental Health in the Workplace. More detail to follow.

15 Years Anniversary!!!!
JET will be celebrating 15 years in 2015. Plans for this momentous event will be announced in January, so watch this space!!!!

Once again we would like to thank you all for all your support in 2014 and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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