On 18 May 2012 the States of Jersey launched the Employment Grant Scheme (the "Scheme"). The purpose of the Scheme is to get more long-term unemployed Islanders back into the workplace.

Under the Scheme, the States will provide financial assistance to employers who employ persons registered as unemployed, who have been actively seeking work for 12 months and are locally qualified for work under Jersey laws. Employers will be entitled to a maximum amount of £7,200 for each individual employed on a permanent contract of at least 18 months.

When launching the Scheme, Social Security Minister, Senator Francis Le Gresley, said:

"The grant should give broader access to permanent employment to those who are furthest from it and offer businesses the support needed to train and retain these new employees."

The Scheme is the latest initiative forming part of the Back to Work programme and will operate alongside other existing training schemes and funding in place to help tackle unemployment. Since its inception in May 2012, more than 100 employers have engaged with the Back to Work team in relation to the Scheme.

In relation to Advance to Work, which forms part of the wider Back to Work programme, since September 2009 61% of trainees (more than 350 people) placed with employers for work experience have moved into employment; 39% of these were engaged by the employer with whom they undertook their placement.

Any employers that may be interested in the Scheme should contact Back to Work for more details.

Click here for more information and to download the guidance document.