Guernsey Employment Trust
The objective of Guernsey Employment Trust (GET) is to support disabled people to prepare for, find, and maintain work in Guernsey.
GET recognises there is no one best way to assist a disabled person secure employment. Of prime importance to us is our ability to provide a one-to-one service to a job seeker and to enable disabled individuals to access a wide variety of services in order that they may receive the most appropriate means of support.
GET provides a range of activities and services to over 180 disabled people which include:
• Supported Employment Team - Providing on-going support from referral to securing and maintaining employment.
The team provides guidance and support for clients who may need extra help to find and keep a job. The Support Workers within the team have experience in working with clients with a range of support needs, including health issues, lack of confidence, family commitments and financial difficulties.
• Job Club- Enabling job seekers to identify suitable vacancies and compete for jobs in the local labour market.
In the main, people using our Job Club are unemployed, however, our service is available for people who are currently employed and looking to change job.
• Work Experience Placements - To enable job seekers to develop their skills, identify job preferences and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
Work Experience Placements are designed to introduce a job seeker to an appropriate role and workplace environment.
• Employers’ Consultancy and Advisory Service - Supporting and assisting employers with recruitment and retention matters and providing them with support to attract and employ disabled job seekers.
Employers will receive a friendly, professional and flexible range of support that can benefit both their organisation and their employees. There are no costs or fees for recruitment or any advice received regarding employment issues relating to disabled employees.
Referrals to the service are made by organisations, or by individuals self-referring, with the message that any person with a disability and/or health issue who is interested in employment could be referred to GET. The referral process is simple and fast with the referral form consisting of 2 pages. All referrals made to GET are seen and interviewed and allocated accordingly.
The key operations that deliver employment opportunities are through: providing disabled job seekers with an Employment Support Officer; assessment and observation of the job seeker’s skills, work preferences and barriers to employment through an in-depth Vocational Profiling process; providing good quality job search through the provision of a Job Club; ensuring job seekers are prepared and job ready through undertaking time-limited (up to 8 weeks) Work Experience Placements; supporting employers with recruitment and selection by providing employers with advice and guidance and by providing both On and Off the Job Support for both employers and employees until the employee has settled into their work and their working environment.