COLLINS Stewart has welcomed Sam Elliott to the treasury team as treasury dealer assistant after he completed three months’ work experience with the business as part of the States of Jersey Advance to Work Scheme.
The employment scheme provides young local people with up to three months’ work experience and employment skills training. This includes training in CV writing, interview skills, employment workshops, communication skills and general office skills, all supported by a mentor.
The Advance to Work scheme is aimed at 16 – 19 year olds who are finding it difficult to get a job or need more work experience to decide what career they want to pursue.
Mr Elliott, who is 19 years old, decided to join the Advance to Work Scheme after completing his A – levels: “I realised the Advance to Work Scheme had the contacts to get me into a work placement in an organisation and industry I wanted to pursue a career in. It was a great way of helping me into the finance industry, especially in the current economic environment, when there are a lot of young people trying to get into the industry.
“I learnt a lot from my placement including the importance of writing up each step of the process, thoroughly checking for any mistakes and keeping calm and relaxed when things get busy. I especially enjoyed monitoring the foreign exchange as it’s an area that I’m really interested in, so when I was offered the position as dealer assistant I was really excited as it was exactly the role I was hoping to work in,” said Mr Elliott.
Grahame Lovett, CEO of Collins Stewart Wealth Management Offshore, said: “The States of Jersey Advance to Work Scheme is a brilliant initiative for helping young people into the work place. Collins Stewart have been involved in the scheme for a number of years, working with a number of young people in different departments to introduce them to the various areas of the finance industry.
“Sam really progressed during his Advance to Work placement and proved to be extremely conscientious and diligent. He was very enthusiastic about Treasury so when his placement came to an end and we had a position available in the department, we were happy to offer him the role.”