To empower & facilitate people with a disability and/or long term health condition in Jersey.
To maximise their potential to gain and maintain open employment through individual training, education & support.
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Hello again. With Autumn very much upon us we hope that you had a fantastic summer. This latest newsletter takes a look at the new Internships Programme as well  as an update on employment team news.  We have a success story focusing on a local banking institution and a report focused on the opening of the Acorn Woodshack.

Employer Testimonial


"One of Royal Bank of Canada’s core values is Diversity and Inclusion and we invited the JET team to deliver a presentation to the regional RBC Wealth Management (RBC) Diversity and Inclusion Committee with the view of partnering with JET on various initiatives. Since that initial presentation our relationship with JET has grown and developed. I recently had the opportunity to undertake some mock interviews which I thoroughly enjoyed. The calibre of the individuals I met was exceptional and I am sure that the experience of having a mock interview with constructive feedback was useful from a development perspective. What struck me most was how capable and driven to find employment the individuals were. The RBC HR team recently held an offsite event with the focus of Diversity and Inclusion. Emma-Louise Burns represented JET as a panellist and gave the HR Team valuable insight into disability. I am also delighted to confirm that two individuals have recently undertaken work placements with RBC and this has resulted in one successfully being offered a 12-month paid contract. Our experience with JET has been excellent and I would recommend JET to other employers."      

Victoria Clohesy | Senior Manager, Resourcing - British Isles and Caribbean, RBC Wealth Management | Royal Bank of Canada (Channel Islands) Limited

At our JET conference held last November we focused on internships and the benefits they offer to both employers and clients. Following on from the successes gained in its first year and the feedback we have received,  we are pleased to announce that we now have funding for a new internship initiative.
The new programme caters to motivated JET clients’ aged 16-24 and offers opportunities of paid work at a trainee wage, funded by JET for up to 6 months, whilst the client is learning the job. For the duration of the internship, clients employed through JET, will be supported with any training  required during the trainee period.
We already have a number of interested employers and sufficient funding for 15 placements. We currently have 4 paid internships secured with the first starting on Tuesday 14th October at Le Vallon Stables. In promoting the new initiative we feel that employers will see the clear benefits of employing someone through the internships programme in terms of succession planning and the support that they will receive from JET during the trainee period. Employers can also use the internship programme as a trial period to assess the individual’s skills for permanent vacancies within their organisations.
If you  are interested in finding  find out more about  internships and how they can  work for you, please email Amanda Berry –  for more information.

In relative terms  JET is still a fairly young organisation although plans  are under way  to mark a special  birthday next year for which we will have more details in our next issue. In reflecting on this a little and as a way of measuring how far we have come as an organisation it may be worth looking back. Just 10 years ago in 2004 we succeeded in getting a total of 4 people into paid work and set up 5 work experience placements. In contrast, so far this year we have registered a total of 107 full and part-time permanent/temp paid positions and 121 work experience placements.
There are obviously many determining factors involved and one that has been very evident this year is the strength of the links we have forged with many employers both big and small on the island. 

Our 6th Work Focus course is now finished with 15 clients having taken part and we would like to offer a big Thank You to all the tutors and mock interviewers that helped us out and made the course so successful.  

A number of our clients attended the recent JobsFest run by Back to Work at the Radisson Blu and out of that number 6 clients have been successful in gaining paid employment as part of the scheme.
The JobsFest Employer Incentive allows employers to h​ire locally-qualified jobseekers at no financial cost to work between Monday 6 October and Sunday 30 November 2014. The incentive will:
  • provide up to eight weeks' wages at minimum wage
  • cover social security contributions
  • give employers an eight-week opportunity to train and test the candidate
  • include in-work support from a mentor
As a follow up to the JobsFest there are a number of events planned for job seekers at various venues throughout St Helier being run on a daily basis until the end of November. For more information on this please contact Back to Work on 447415, click here or pick up an Events Diary from Social Security. 
Room Bookings: Kensington Chambers and the Oakfield Building
Both the conference room at  Kensington Place and training rooms at Oakfield have been very busy of late and are proving very popular venues. Along with various States departments the rooms are also used by other agencies and charitable organisations for meetings, training sessions and workshops. Rooms are available for booking  days, evenings and weekends.
If you would like to find out more about the rooms and how to book please contact Loraine on 788977 or e-mail her at 

Woodshack Launch
As mentioned in our Summer newsletter, we are thrilled to announce that the WoodShack, based at Acorn in Trinity, is now open for business. At an event held  on September 19th Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister of Transport and Technical Services and John Bothman, Chair of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands officially opened the new venture. To read the Bailiwick Express coverage of the event click here.
The Woodshack timber recycling project is a social enterprise that will benefit a wide cross section of local people and provide people with a disability  employment and training opportunities.
It is hoped that it will help in reducing the amount of material imported into the Island, cut back on local waste and carbon emissions and help to conserve a valuable natural resource.
Along with a large variety of construction timber and related products, the WoodShack also upcycles furniture and hand produces various indoor and outdoor wood products, examples of which can be seen below.
Woodshack opening hours are Mon - Fri 8am to 4.30pm and Sat 9am - 2pm.
For more information please visit us at
The Acorn Winter bedding is now ready for sale and is available from our premises at: Acorn Enterprises, La Rue Asplet, Trinity, JE3 5JF

With the relocation of our STEPS pre-employment team to Acorn there is work being undertaken to convert the conference room into 3 extra training rooms as well as creating a new staff office. This will cater to both STEPS and Acorn staff. More information to follow in our Winter newsletter.

Opening hours are Monday - Friday 8.30 - 4.30 and Saturday 9 - 2pm.
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