Creating career opportunities for Jersey

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

JT has announced a significant recruitment drive to increase its local workforce in direct response to growing customer requirements both in Jersey and overseas.

JT has created 12 new opportunities within its 2014 Young Talent Programme and is actively seeking applicants for these positions. These include; 1 Information Technology apprenticeship, 4 technical network apprenticeships for school leavers, 3 bursaries for those leaving the Island to study for a degree and 4 graduate trainee positions for technical engineering, commercial/analytical, marketing, financial and HR roles.

The JT Group and its subsidiaries now employs 615 people Worldwide, of which 74% (456 people) are in Jersey, which is an increase in Jersey of 14% since 2009, and takes the Group to its largest headcount to date. That increase reflects the growth of the Groups revenues generally, which has expanded by two thirds in the last four years.

Group HR Director Richard Summerfield said: “JT is now one of the largest trainers of young people in the digital sector, and we are very proud to be able to offer a further 12 training vacancies in 2014, and it reflects the growing confidence in the local economy. This is the highest number we have ever offered at any one time, and will bring JT’s workforce to its largest level in our history, going back more than a century. We offer long-term career opportunities for those with the drive and ambition to support us in our vision to be the partner of choice for global telecoms innovation.

The Gigabit Program to install a fibre-optic broadband network for all customers by the end of 2016, has already given jobs to 145 local employees of which 95% were previously unemployed.
“JT is positive about the local economy in 2014, and we are certainly seeing an increase in business with our customers. That means we are able to provide more job opportunities, particularly for young people, which the local statistics show is a group currently finding it hard to get employment. There are exciting careers now available across the world with JT in our global offices, and I think that is proving to be a real attraction”.

Since launching the Young Talent Programme in 2010, the graduates have had the opportunity to move around the world within the JT Group. One of them has now completed the programme and moved within the JT Group to the offices of its subsidiary, Worldstone, in London as Off-Island HR Advisor. Another has moved to the JT office in Melbourne for nine months, while a third is going to Boston for a six-month secondment with ekit.

All graduates enjoy six monthly rotations in different business areas in the Group to match their career path choices.

JT also supports seven bursary students who are currently studying at University, and in the holidays gain work experience across the JT business from working in the call centre, retail store, wholesale division, and finance to the Gigabit programme.

Richard Summerfield added: “The recruitment drive will take our current Young Talent Programme to 30 students, and is testament to the ongoing success of our five year growth strategy. We are not only focussed on growing the JT Group outside the Channel Islands, which enables us to create more jobs in Jersey, but also take responsibility for developing a world-class telecommunications infrastructure for Jersey while providing long-term career opportunities for Islanders.”

Applications for the JT Training Schemes close in March 2014. The details can be found at:

  • Apprenticeship Scheme. Open to school leavers with A levels or diplomas. These are offered in the technical areas. 3 year term.
  • Bursary Scheme: Open to students going to University, an annual bursary towards travel, accommodation and tuition fees etc. Work experience is also offered in the holidays.
  • Graduates Scheme: Aimed at graduates and offering a two year position at JT across the various departments.

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