JMJ is a family owned and run business, established in 1989, located in the Borders. Following an unsuccessful application from the Employability & Skills Service (ESS) for employment for a young person, the company offered a short term work placement to provide work experience but with no guarantee of a job, while ESS provided support with work clothing and tools. The work placement offered practical experience and insight as well as support in acquiring soft skills. After two weeks on a work trial, this young person was offered and accepted their first job with continued support being provided by the company.
As the business owner, noted: "The important factor for success in working with young people from difficult backgrounds is the ability to communicate well with them. As a small business the personal approach works, taking an interest in them, respecting them and showing faith in them. Small things like sitting with them at lunch time and including them in any wider social activities. Being aware of their background and the issues they may have outwith the workplace and being willing to not give up on them at the first hurdle. From an employers' perspective it is important to have the opportunity to be able to access funding in order to recruit some of the most difficult and vulnerable young people, as this allows you to build up their skills and knowledge over the period. When I was approached to consider a work trial for this young person before committing to employing, I thought if don't give them a chance who will?".
Return to previous page
Go to top of page