Four young job-seekers have now been offered a future in retail thanks to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Feeding Jersey’s Future event.
Feeding Jersey’s Future, which was held in September and included workshops, presentations and store visits, was run in partnership with the Back to Work team at Social Security. The day-long event was attended by 40 unemployed people aged between 16 and 24 years and gave them an insight into the different career options available within the retail sector and a look behind the scenes at a number of the company’s stores. It was also an opportunity for job-seekers to apply for immediate placements and work with the company.
In addition to offering 10 work experience placements, the Co-operative made the commitment to interview candidates who attended the insight day and to offer work to at least one of that number. Following those interviews, four people, three of whom had been registered as unemployed for 12 months or more, have now been successfully hired.
Social Security Minister Senator Francis Le Gresley said that Feeding Jersey’s Future had provided an excellent platform for potential employees to find out more about an industry, to meet an employer and find out what their expectations would be. “I am delighted for the four young people who were successful and would like to thank the Co-operative for hosting an event that gave a number of our clients valuable information about careers in retail, the opportunity to meet a recruiting employer and gain interview experience.”
Marco D’Anna, who had been a trainee with employment scheme Advance to Work, is one of the people offered a job. “I have spent two years searching for work and jumped at the chance when Advance to Work suggested the retail programme. I did a lap around the street when I heard I had secured a job because I was so happy. I am working at Grand Marche in St Helier learning all aspects of the retail operation. It has been really good, interesting and challenging at the same time,” said Marco.
The CEO of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, Colin Macleod, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer roles for these successful candidates. The idea behind Feeding Jersey’s Future was to stimulate interest in the retail sector, promoting it as a rewarding career choice for young people in the Island and to give youngsters in Jersey the chance to undertake work experience to learn some very valuable skills for the future. It has been a very worthwhile initiative.”
Senator Le Gresley said that any employers with similar events were welcome to contact the Back to Work team to find out how they can find and, where necessary pre-screen, potential candidates.