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

Volume 1 Issue 2                                             December 2012

Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to Decembers issue of the Jersey Employment Trust's bi-monthly newsletter. Given the time of year we thought we would use this edition to look back and celebrate some of the highlights and successes of the last 12 months.

Firstly on behalf of JET may we take this oppotunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Employment Service

The employment service at JET has been very busy this year and despite higher unemployment on the island has supported a number of candidates into both full-time and part-time positions. Our records show that in 2012 a total of 166 jobs were supported by us with 75 of those jobs being new in 2012. Work experience also plays a big role in the development process  and a total of 115 placements were supported by us this year. A big thank-you to all those who have supported JET throughout the last 12 months.
As in all development, training features high on the agenda and whilst continuing to provide our own in-house training we have been very fortunate this year to have access to external training providers for a variety of employment focused courses. To this end a number of people have gained qualifications in First Aid, Quickbooks, Health and Safety, Food and Hygiene, ECDL and Customer Service to name but a few.

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance assessment of JET services being carried out by the University of Dundee has now been completed and Mike Evans, the University Consultant, presented the findings of the report to JET staff this week. The consultation process covered a range of areas including feedback from employers, clients, staff, other agencies and trustees and gradings were awarded under Organisational Attributes and Service Delivery. We are thrilled to announce that of the 10 areas measured, 8 have received an outstanding grade. The report also outlines some recommendations for the future, some of which are already being implemented. A link to this report will be available on our website and also included in the next issue of our newsletter. Once again a big thank you to all clients, employers, staff, trustees and other agencies who took part and provided feedback. Also a massive thank you to Mike Evans and Professor Jennifer Harris from the University of Dundee .

Acorn Enterprises

2012 saw the completion of the new pupose built facility at Acorn which was officially opened by the Lieutenant Governor  General Sir John McColl on the 27th April. The new building incorporates a shop/retail outlet, workshops and training rooms  as well as a new canteen and offices. This fantastic addition to JETs resources has allowed for a greater range of employment based courses and skills development. The construction of new growing tunnels has  allowed for an increase in the production and variety of summer and winter bedding plants along with providing greater access for customers. Other successes for Acorn this year include the winning of the contract to grow all TTS summer and winter bedding plants as well as providing all the bedding plants and hanging baskets for the Parish of St Saviour.  

And Finally 

As mentioned in our last edition, the 'Good Practice Guide' produced by JET in partnership with the States of Jersey was launched this year. This relationship has already produced positive results  with the States introducing a guaranteed interview scheme for people with a disability who  fit the  criteria for a vacancy. The development of stronger links with States Depts. has also been a key outcome of the guide which in turn has led to two JET candidates recently securing  full-time positions with States Depts.   

And lastly our web-site  has recently undergone a much needed re-vamp and is now open for business, also keep an eye out for us on Linkedin.  Facebook and Twitter links to follow in the new year. 



Transition Service
In addition to employment and education JET also has a Transition service which was formed to work with students with support needs from the age of 14 (year 9). Now in it's third year, the service has grown from strength to strength and is  a well established  link with alll secondaty schools and colleges on the island   and provides a valuable link in assisting students in planning a pathway into future employment.
This year JET has seen the addition to it's services of a wellbeing co-ordinator. The wellbeing support service is set up to work in partnership with individuals to maximise their ownership and control over the process of improving and maintaining their wellbeing. Practical coping strategies are developed with individuals in areas such as low level stress, anxiety and mood management that can be used on a day to day basis. JET recognises that along with developing peoples vocational skills, health and wellbeing is a very important part of a successful working life.

Oakfield Cycles
Oakfield Cycles which has been based up at Oakfield for many years successfully moved up to it's new home at Acorn early this year and continues to offer a wide range of cycles, servicing and repairs.
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