To empower & facilitate people with a disability and/or long term health condition in Jersey.
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Welcome to our Summer Newsletter which includes exciting news of our new venture at Acorn, the usual employment news and some useful infomation on the various schemes and grants available to employers.    
We would also like to ask you to please take the time to pass this newsletter on to colleagues and contacts of yours. It’s not an attempt at world newsletter domination but more one of getting our message out to people who may not know of us and what we offer or may indeed benefit from our services. Thank You.
Following a very successful first quarter this year, our records show that between March and June, 36 paid jobs were gained by our candidates. Although a proportion of these were seasonal, temporary or short term contracts a large number were permanent, full-time and part-time posts.

We can also add to this, 40 work experience placements in a variety of sectors. These not only provided candidates with an opportunity to develop their skills but for some it led to paid work. In light of the current unemployment figures, I’m sure you will agree, this is by no means a small feat and our thanks go out to the many employers who have offered opportunities to our candidates. 

Although many of the jobs were gained through standard methods, the use of the various incentives offered by Back to Work (BTW) at Social Security did play a part and are worth a mention here.
For a number of our clients who are actively seeking employment and have been out of work for a year or more, the Employer Grant Scheme offers them and employers a financial incentive. The key aims of the scheme are to:
  • Reduce the number of locally qualified people who are registered as long-term unemployed.
  • Encourage employers to take on the locally qualified, long-term unemployed into permanent employment.
  • Support access to employment and upgrade the skills of those furthest away from the labour market.
  • Provide employers with the support to train people who have been long-term unemployed while in employ
More information about how to take advantage of this can be found here.
Another scheme recently introduced is the Youth Incentive Scheme which is designed to encourage and support employers to recruit young jobseekers into sustainable permanent jobs through the payment of a financial incentive.
More information can be found here:
The Community Jobs Fund has been designed to create fully subsidised community benefit jobs for registered jobseekers who are locally qualified and is targeted at groups most disadvantaged by the current economic climate. Employers in the private, charitable, third sectors or the parishes can apply to the Community Jobs Fund, provided that they can demonstrate that the role has a clear additional community benefit over and above the organisation’s current provision.
More for information please click here.

If you add to these, Skills Training Grants, the JobsFest Employer Incentive and the Hospitality Incentive plus the options and support provided by ourselves at JET or BTW, you may be worth giving us a ring and speaking to a member of our employment team.
Alternatively just click here for more information on all the schemes and contact details for the BTW team.
Jersey Employment Trust opens town office
Hopefully most of you will have seen the piece on Channel Television in regard to the opening of our Job Club in Kensington Place. The successful event was well attended by many employers, agencies and other interested parties.
JET General Manager, Steve Pearce, said: “Having the new town premises allows us to meet the increasing need for JET services given the current unemployment levels in Jersey. It is not always easy to find premises that are accessible for wheelchair users in St Helier; this facility has been able to meet that requirement.
Please click here to watch a short video about our new Job Club as narrated by our Operations and Quality Assurance Manager, Sarah Boydens.
Work Focus 6 - Mock interviewers needed
If you are free the afternoon of Wednesday 27th or Thursday 28th August and would like to assist us with some mock interviews for some of our clients please give us a ring on 788900 and ask to speak to one of the Work Focus Team or alternatively e-mail us at
Employer Testimonials
Natural Environment Team, States of Jersey Environment Department

“In January this year we were delighted to offer one of JETs clients a 12 week placement opportunity through the Supported Training Employment Preparation Scheme (STEPS).  Working with this client we were able to develop their skills in returning to work after long term health issues whilst being offered a reliable service in return. This experience proved to be both insightful and beneficial to the team and we were so impressed we offered the client a six month placement through the States Community Programme run by the back to work team at Social Security. We urge other employers to take up opportunities to work with JET and their clients, it is beneficial to both the community and to the individual client: enhancing clients development, confidence and skills within the work place”.

Lorna Pestana, Head of HR at Guiton Publishing

‘I have had a long association with Jersey Employment Trust and have always found them to be professional in all their dealings.  They currently provide staff to the Jersey Evening Post for our distribution department and the employment support they provide to their clients, as well as us as the employer, is consistently of a very high standard.
I have also attended their conferences where they have profiled the organisation and the work that they do and it never fails to amaze me what they have achieved through sheer hard work and determination in educating employers to consider JET as a means of meeting their employment needs.  I would highly recommend JET to other employers’

The summer bedding season is now nearing its end and again Acorn have experienced very good sales with many customers returning throughout the sales period and giving great feedback on the quality of  plants on sale.  The TTS Summer bedding contract has once again been fulfilled and  examples can be seen throughout the island.As a result and reward for all this hard work It has just been announced that Acorn have won a discretionary award for plant production in the recent parish in bloom competition.

The Acorn gardening team who have  been involved with the Parish of St Saviour in supplying and planting up their parish hall and borders for the upcoming Royal Horticultural Society Parish in Bloom competition are also celebrating. St Saviours Parish Hall was awarded a Gold Medal as overall winner for the best florally decorated parish hall and a Silver medal in the Best Parish catergory. Congratulations to all involved.

Other Acorn News.
Four Acorn staff have now completed their Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 in the Principles of Horticulture course. The two year course covers a wide range of horticultural areas and includes eight exams with the final two exams having taken place on Tuesday the 24th June 2014.

This year Acorn has recruited more JET clients to help during the busy period with two working on reception at the weekends and bank holidays and others employed on the nursery and wood recycling. This has been useful in providing opportunities for clients to move forward and develop new skills.

The new Acorn Facebook page has been very popular, focusing on plant sales and general Acorn news and updates. To be directed to it please click here.
Lloyds Foundation for the Channel Islands makes a huge contribution to the Acorn Woodshack.

We are very pleased to announce that JET has been successful in its application to the Lloyds Foundation for a grant of £103,220 towards the funding of  'The Woodshack' for the next 3 years. As mentioned in our Spring Newsletter, 'The Woodshack', will be based at our Acorn premises in Trinity. This new exciting social enterprise, all set for its official opening on 19th September, will have multiple benefits for the community as well as providing employment and training opportunities that complement JETs existing training portfolio. 
The Woodshack is run in partnership with Recycle Jersey and will provide a wide range of reusable timber and upcycled funiture which will have been removed from the Energy to Waste plant at La Collette.
The funding provided by this grant will help to cover the costs of setting up this groundbreaking enterprise, some pictures of which can be seen below.
Plans for the future include a new carpentry workshop with a view to making garden accessories such as planters and trellis’s etc. to tie in with next year’s bedding season.
We would like to extend a huge Thank You to all at the Lloyds Foundation for their support with this project.
More information on the Wood Shack will be available on the Acorn Facebook page.
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