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Young job seekers urged to act now

01 August 2011

Islanders who are leaving education this summer should seek careers advice as soon as possible and not wait until results are published in August.

That’s the advice from Andy Gibbs, head of Careers Jersey, who says school and college leavers are facing more competition for work this year because of high unemployment. As a result, he is urging potential jobseekers to get help early rather than take the summer off.

“We expect an influx of queries from young people in late August or early September after A level, GCSE and degree results are out. But in view of the current job market it would be wise for people to avoid the rush and seek help now if they know they will be looking for work,” he said. 

A team of experienced advisers is based at Careers Jersey and within the Social Security Department in La Motte Street. They can provide one-to-one support with job applications and CVs and guidance on different training and employment options. The service is free and open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Appointments are advised but Islanders can also just drop in.

Young job seekers can also get help from the Advance To Work team based at the Education Department on the Highlands campus. ATW is specifically aimed at helping 16-19 year olds find full-time employment and careers. When they apply, young people are given the support of a personal mentor who will arrange an unpaid work placement in an area of their choice as well as job-specific training.

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