The Job Centre offers support to people; to help them improve their chances of starting work or increasing their hours of work.
Job Centre clients are either supported by an Employment Advisor, Work Rehabilitation Officer or Case Worker (if with other agencies). Job Centre Advisors assist people in returning to mainstream employment by helping them prepare CVs, cover letters and to develop an action plan. Support is also available to people who have been away from the work place for some time.
Below you will see the different opportunities we have on offer, if you're not sure what you want to do, Job Centre Advisors have lots of experience and knowledge about what work is around locally. They can suggest ideas and help you think about what would be right for you.
- We recognise that collaborative working improves outcomes in the community. We are committed to developing strong and productive partnerships with local agencies ensuring that everyone can access the support they need.
- We work closely with Careers Guernsey, Action for Children, Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders, the Probation Service and the Guernsey Employment Trust to ensure that jobseekers are able to access a variety of services to meet their individual needs.
- We offer a range of free short courses designed to teach skills that are valuable to local employers and help jobseekers back into work. These include but are not limited to:
- Employability Skills courses - Working Resiliently, Customer Service, Communication Skills, Time Management and Team Working
- Health & Safety courses - Manual Handling, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Fire Marshal and Warden and Risk Assessments.
- E-learning courses - an extensive library of accredited courses which can be accessed in a variety of different languages.
- "Entry to" courses - designed and delivered in partnership with local employers across a range of sectors such as Care, Construction, Hospitality and Retail.
- We help to facilitate a range of placements to give those who are struggling to secure work, an opportunity to gain some valuable work experience.
- Kickstart placements
- Where a person is placed with an employer for up to 13 weeks. During the placement itself, the person is employed through Social Security and receives a weekly wage. We offer a large range of these types of placements across all employment sectors.
- Work2Benefit placements
- An unpaid placement but benefit will continue to be paid in the normal way. These placements also provide a person with the opportunity for jobseekers to learn new skills/gain experience and build their confidence.
- Candidates have the opportunity to carry out work on projects which are of benefit to the island and local community.
- We currently host W2B placements with States Works, Giving Opportunities, UnLtd (Ron Short Centre) and the GSPCA.
- If you would like to express an interest in a placement, let us know using the 'Contact Us - Job Centre' button on the right-hand side of this page and selecting Work2Benefit placements from the 'Please select topic' dropdown.
- Voluntary Placements
- Unpaid work which a person can do to assist their recovery from long-term illness or while they are signing-on as unemployed.
- There is not normally any limit on how long the voluntary work can last. If the person is recovering from an illness, the purpose of allowing them to do voluntary work is to help them get one step closer to some form of paid work.
- These are generally with Third Sector Organisations.
- Job Clubs provides jobseekers a space to get advice on their job search. Job Centre Advisors are readily available to give feedback on CVs and cover letters and help prepare you for interviews, and more.
- Another benefit of a job club is that it provides an informal place for networking. Not only will meeting with a group regularly help you meet new people, but attendees will also have the opportunity to meet potential employers.
- The Job Centre hosts a number of Job Fairs throughout the year; bringing together employers and jobseekers to fill job vacancies. This is an exciting opportunity for jobseekers to meet with local employers and find out about current vacancies. It is also a great opportunity for employers to screen potential employees and build a database for current and future staffing requirements.
- Your CV is one of the most important documents any person can prepare when seeking a job.
- CV Workshops will help jobseekersunderstand what a good CV looks like, how to write cover letters and what employers look for in a good job application.
Interview skills Workshops
- Going for any job is a daunting task, however if you prepare for your interview it will help you immensely.
- This interview workshop stresses that in any interview, the key to success is PREPARATION. Over 90% if what you need to do for an interview happens BEFORE the interview. This workshop will help you:
- Prepare yourself for the interview
- Give you suggestions for answering tricky interview questions
- Teach you how to make a memorable and competent first impression
- Review proper dress codes for interviews
- The Job Centre provides a free vacancy service to enable all local businesses to advertise vacancies in the Job Centre as well as on its web pages.
- By advertising vacancies with the Job Centre, employers can tap into a large pool of people who have a wide range of skills and experience. Using the vacancy service also demonstrates that an employer is committed to recruiting from the local workforce.
Job Matching Service
- Employers can ask the Job Centre to search for people who have the specific skills or experience required for a particular position. The potential candidates are then put in touch with the employer and arrangements are made for the employer to interview those who are short listed.
We continually seek new training and work rehabilitation initiatives in order to meet the diverse requirements of both the job market and our jobseekers.
The vast majority of our customers are in receipt of unemployment benefit or Income Support - however It is important to emphasise that all of the support on offer, including access to courses and placements is available to any Guernsey resident despite this. If you need any support, please contact the Job Centre by emailing email@example.com or calling 222516.