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Advance to Work celebrates success

05 March 2012

Advance to Work are holding their third annual presentation evening at Hautlieu School on Wednesday 7 March from 7.30pm.

Certificates will be presented to current and previous trainees who have successfully completed the Advance to Work scheme, either by getting into a job or taking on further training or education. Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst will be 1 of the guest speakers at the presentation which celebrates the success of all the trainees.

Advance to Work Manager Shelley Regal said “Our vision is that every young person is motivated and able to contribute to Jersey’s economy. The presentation is our chance to celebrate with our trainees, reward them for all their hard work and recognise the journey that each of them has been on since joining the scheme.”

Advance to Work was launched in September 2009 to support people aged between 16 and 19 years who were having difficulty finding work and was designed to act as a stepping stone into the workplace by providing on-the-job training alongside extensive vocational and skills training. The trainees undertake core training followed by appropriate training tailored to their individual work placement. Work placements are currently provided by over 200 Island employers.

Each trainee is assigned a personal mentor who helps them through the scheme to develop positive values and attitudes along with core skills needed for the workplace. The Advance to Work mentors have a wide range of employment experience including:

  • event management
  • finance
  • estate agency
  • child care
  • education

“Over the past 3 years, Advance to Work has helped 629 people to improve their employability by supporting and mentoring them and strengthening their transferable skills. 60% of those who join the scheme go on to paid employment. Advance to Work has been successful thanks in large part to the partnerships that have been developed with employers and we thank them for the commitment to helping young people find work,” said Mrs Regal.

The presentation will also be addressed by employer representatives Gillian Schweppe from RBC Wealth Management and Ian McGhee from CPA Global and trainer Oliver Ashton from training company Goals UK.

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