10 July 2018
Case Study: Jersey Employment Trust - Collaboration
The Foundation awarded the Jersey Employment Trust (JET) one of our largest three-year grants totalling £103,220 in 2014 which went towards the launch of their unique conservation project and social enterprise, the Acorn Woodshack.
This grant sparked a connection between JET and Lloyds Bank Foundation which grew to include the special relationship the Foundation has with its sole funder, Lloyds Banking Group. Thanks to this collaboration Lloyds Bank International Ltd has partnered with JET and has since taken on nine clients who have particular issues with anxiety and self-confidence to gain valuable work experience.
Participants took on admin and coin counting roles which has helped to boost confidence and morale especially as they were paired with a ‘bank buddy’ who would meet with them daily and work alongside them.
One JET candidate commented: “I have had a very positive experience; everyone I have met has made me feel very welcome. I have been able to build new skills as well as develop previous strengths. Since starting my placement at Lloyds I have noticed a huge boost in my confidence and my general mental wellbeing. I would credit the team at Lloyds and am very grateful for all of their help, support and kindness. I’ve had a fantastic time working and would recommend the placement to anyone interested in gaining or building on experience in a banking role.”
Jocelyn Butterworth, CEO, JET, acknowledged the benefits of the collaboration between the Foundation and the Bank: “The staff approach and support to our clients at all three branches has been exceptional. Each branch offers their own unique environment which we carefully match to our client’s requirements, thus offering a fully supportive employment atmosphere. Providing our clients with work experience opportunities within these environments has provided our clients with a huge increase in self-esteem and confidence, as well as providing our clients with the opportunity to have a taster in an industry which they may not have previously considered or felt possible to enter into before.”
She continued: “In addition, Lloyds have provided a number of our clients with the opportunity to practice in a formal interview setting & showcase their employability skills, with a view to engaging them in work experience placements in branches across the island. These opportunities are proving to be an invaluable experience when helping our clients move forward into open employment & we look forward to a long, productive working relationship with Lloyds.”
The Bank plans on continuing this initiative in both islands as it’s been a positive and efficient experience for their team. They are looking at expanding into other business units as well where possible. One Bank colleague commented: “The removal of the coin sorting from our counter positions was going to be a winning solution for both our colleagues and customers as we embraced the chance to help and support people back into the work place. Seeing people’s confidence evolve was very humbling.”
They continued: “I recall one of the first JET colleagues who would sit outside the branch some 30-minutes before his start time and then come into the branch and only meet with the one colleague he was originally introduced to. Over the six-week period this changed as his confidence grew and would engage with all colleagues and no longer waited outside. Most recently I saw this colleague as a customer in the banking hall sporting a HUGE smile, delighted to tell me he was working at another bank and was indeed going to receive a month’s pay. That moment was really precious and I’m proud to feel a part of the success that JET represents.”
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