New home for Guernsey's supported employment services

With effect from 1 May 2015, the Health and Social Services Department (HSSD) will be transferring its supported employment service, Interwork, into the newly formed Guernsey Employment Trust (GET). The service provides support and opportunities for people with disabilities, health problems or disadvantages to find and maintain employment.

The transfer is the culmination of work undertaken by the Guernsey Community Foundation and HSSD over the last two years. The Foundation was initially approached for a grant by a charity, GO Communicate, working in this field.  Discussions with them developed the possibility of Guernsey creating an Employment Trust based on successful models elsewhere as part of the States Disability and Inclusion Strategy. This idea was promoted to HSSD and the Foundation was tasked with reviewing the existing provision of supported employment services and to propose a suitable model for the future. They have consulted with States Departments and charities working in the field to come up with a suitable model and has assisted in the formation of the Trust.

The Foundation believes that GET is an example of the possibilities of partnership working between the States, charities and the community to provide services more efficiently, in line with its aims of promoting effective philanthropy. The Trust is an independent company limited by guarantee (LBG) formed with a Board of Directors and Chief Executive. (This proposed simple structure has become increasingly familiar in Guernsey as suitable for partnerships between the States and other providers).

Dr Carol Tozer, Chief Officer of the Health and Social Services Department, said:

“Supporting disabled people in employment, when they need that support, is a key part of making our community more inclusive and expanding the talent pool available to local employers. There are many examples of the States partnering with the voluntary sector to deliver services and we can now add supported employment to that list. I applaud the work of my colleagues and the Guernsey Community Foundation in progressing this initiative and look forward to working with the Guernsey Employment Trust to ensure a smooth transition of these important services to the community and a successful future for supported employment services in the new structure.”

GET’s Chairman, Sir John Collins said,

 “Our aim is to create more employment opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people and to support them in finding and maintaining paid employment. Building on the current services that Interwork offer – that is its supported employment services and its knowledge of how best to develop their skills, and adding new ones, will put job seekers in a far stronger position, prepare them for the world of work and enable them to find employment. At the same time we will work with employers and social enterprises to provide suitable employment opportunities.”

The Trust is currently advertising for the post of Chief Executive.

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Issued by Dave Chilton, Guernsey Community Foundation. 01481 748056 / davec@foundation.gg

Notes to Editor

Opportunities for interview

Sir John Collins, Chairman and Mike Evans, Interim Chief Executive, are available for interview. To arrange a suitable time please contact Dave on 748056 or email davec@foundation.gg

About Guernsey Employment Trust

The Guernsey Employment Trust (GET) is a company limited by guarantee (LBG). The Trust is following the successful model and methodology of Supported Employment as already demonstrated in Jersey.

GET’s purpose is to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities, health problems or disadvantage and to assist them to find and maintain paid employment.

GET will

    address the employment needs of job seekers who have disabilities or health issues
    provide a flexible and person-centred approach to service delivery through effective education and work based training
    support employers and the business community in Guernsey to recruit and retain people with disabilities
    work in partnership with its stakeholders, disability organisations and the local community

GET’s job seekers are those who are unemployed with disabilities and health issues. People with all forms of disability will be accepted including physical disabilities, mental illness, sensory impairments, people with brain injuries and learning difficulties.

About Sir John Collins, Chairman

In 1964, having graduated from Reading University with a Bsc in Agriculture, he joined Shell and held various positions in Kenya, Nigeria, Colombia and the UK culminating as Chairman and Chief Executive of Shell UK from 1990-1993.

Since then he has held a number of positions, including the chairman of the U.K's National Power from 1998 to 2000 and Chairman of DSG International plc from 2001 to 2009.From 1993 until the end of December 2001 he was Group Chief Executive of the Vestey Group of companies, a Non-Executive Director of National Power PLC in October 1996 and was Chairman from January 1998 until October 2000. He was a Non-Executive Director of NMR Rothschild & Sons Limited from 1995-2006, Rothschild Continuation Holdings AG from 1999 to 2010, P&O from 1998-2005, British Sky Broadcasting Limited from 1994-1997, Stoll Moss Theatres from 1999-2000 and Chairman of Cantab Pharmaceuticals from 1996-1999. He chaired  DTI/DEFRA’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board and has been President of The Energy Institute.

From April 1991 until August 1993, Sir John acted as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment and in May 1993 was knighted for his services to Government and industry.

Sir John is a member of Treasury and Resources Supervisory Sub-committee and a Non –Executive director of the Blue Diamond Group.

Sir John has served as a Director for the London Symphony Orchestra and Chaired a campaign to raise funds for Action on Addiction.  He has also assisted with fund raising for various other charities, including the Jubilee Sailing Trust and the Ocean Youth Trust.

He is married with two children and lives in Guernsey.

About Mike Evans, Interim Chief Executive

Mike Evans was retained as a consultant by the Guernsey Community Foundation to review and advise on the future structure of supported employment services in Guernsey.

Mike was Manager of the Employment Disability Unit of Dundee City Council, Scotland from 1991 to 2011 and the President of the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) from 2007 to 2011. He was also Chairman and a founding member of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment and Co-ordinator of the EUSE Leonardo Partnership. Mike is now a Consultant and has been working on a range of projects in Europe.

He has written many guides to Supported Employment including the EUSE Quality Standards Guide and the European Supported Employment Toolkit. This Toolkit has now been translated and is widely used throughout Europe, Australia and South America.

His book “Employing People with Disabilities” was published as a best practice guide by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and he has delivered presentations, workshops and training courses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and America. He is co-author of Impressions of Supported Employment and an EU commissioned Study of Supported Employment in Europe.

Mike has written a Good Practice Guide for Employers in Jersey and has recently carried out audits and quality standards inspections of Supported Employment services regarding people with disabilities and health issues in Jersey.

Mike Evans is a Chartered Fellow and Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

 

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