Training

Our approach to training is designed to be flexible and in line with a client's Employment Action Plan, allowing them to address their individual needs and employment aspirations.  Our aim is to support our clients to move forward towards employment and we have access to a range of training options to help them achieve this:

Internal Training

Work placements take place at Acorn in our Reuse Shop, the Woodshack and Acorn Nursery.  These provide a supported environment in which clients can develop their vocational and soft skills ready for the workplace.  For more information visit the Training & Development page.

External Training

We can identify and source training from external providers, such as Back to Work.  These courses include such areas as IT skills, interview preparation and practice and confidence building.  We can also assist clients in applying for vocational study courses through external providers, such as Highlands College.  

Highlands College

My course has given me a chance to develop new skills, as well as gain a qualification – this has allowed me to progress my career but still be able to look after and provide for my children, which is important to me as a mum. I wouldn’t have had the guts to go back to college without some help, especially as I am dyslexic and find study difficult at times, so doing this has been a huge confidence boost for me. I have passed all my assessments so far and really feel like I am on the right career path now.

Job Tasters and Shadowing

An opportunity to explore a new industry or job sector and find out what a specific role involves, allowing the client to make a more informed career choice.

Work Experience Opportunities

We can assist in setting up a part-time work experience placement in a specific employment sector.  A work placement enables the client to build and develop their employment-related skills and experience, giving them a better understanding of what is required in a particular work environment and providing them with a relevant work-based reference.

Being able to offer placements to people over the years and watching them flourish has been the absolute best. Never underestimate anyone!

Internships

As part of our client training and development programme and in conjunction with local businesses, we are able to offer clients the opportunity to undertake a paid Internship.  The goal of an Internship is to provide the client with valuable employment skills and work based experience, provide a positive addition to a CV and ultimately to progress a client into paid work.

Key facts about our Internships:

  • Funded by Jersey Employment Trust
  • 3–6 month paid work experience
  • Between 20-25 hours a week
  • Intern will be paid at minimum wage

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