Work Experience With Us

We provide the next generation of the children’s workforce with a unique, challenging and fun experience!

Students join us from a variety of sources; some are on their Project Trident three week placement while others do a year-long degree placement, one day a week.  Students gain an insight into the huge multi-agency arena that we work within here at the Trust, and the tasks offered are dependent on the student’s capabilities, interests and areas of learning.

Degree Placements

Sophie Picot started her placement while she was in her final year of the Childhood Studies Degree at Highlands University College Jersey (UCJ) in 2014.

“I had wanted to work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for a while and I knew that working with the Trust would provide opportunities for me to find out more about the Special Needs Inclusion Project (SNIP) so I was thrilled to get my placement with them.

When Alice realised how interested I was in SNIP, she gave me the chance to learn more by attending meetings with her.  After a month or so, she offered me the role of Support Worker to a boy in nursery.  I worked with him three hours a week supporting his behaviour and social development until he no longer required it (about nine months later).  I loved it.

When I finished my degree, Alice asked if I’d like to continue as a Support Worker and I jumped at the chance.  After a similar supporting role to the one I’d had while I was still on placement, Alice offered me the chance to support a young boy with complex sensory and speech and language needs.  I was a little concerned about it but she explained that she wouldn’t have asked me if she didn’t think I could do it.

There were a number of times I could have given up as the role was extremely challenging but I knew how important persistence was and everyone at the Trust was brilliant and constant in their support, so I stuck with it.  He began to make progress; his behaviour started to improve and his language began to develop.  He left his nursery nine months after I had started working with him, having developed enormously in this time.  I had learnt a lot too, developing my knowledge of Makaton signing, behaviour techniques and also new skills, such as the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children) approach.

I was lucky to have been able to work with a wide range of professionals while I was in these roles and I learnt so much from them.  This gave me the confidence to start applying for jobs at Mont-à-l’Abbé School, where I had always wanted to work, and in June 2016 I was offered a job as a Teaching Assistant.  I know I wouldn’t got there without the Trust and all the experiences and knowledge I gained while I was there.  I loved being a Support Worker, even though some of my roles were very challenging.  And I still miss everyone at the Trust and cannot thank them enough for all the opportunities they gave me.”

Natasha Simon is currently on placement with us through her First Year at Highlands UCJ.  She is working towards a Childhood Studies Degree.

“I began my placement with the Trust by helping run a crèche for those children whose parents were attending one of the Trust’s projects.  I learnt so much, not just about the different milestones children hit at different ages, but also about how to communicate well with parents and carers.  I also became good at being flexible with the different sessions I organised, as we were working with a wide age range.

I have learnt to use Eventbrite for projects and CPD training, and have now begun creating a photography policy for the Trust.  Being at the Trust has also given me an insight into nanny accreditation, which is proving very useful as I am currently going through the process of becoming an accredited nanny myself.

I am also involved with the Brighter Futures’ Growing Together sessions on Friday mornings, where parents/carers come with their children to play and socialise.  I am involved with both the planning and reflection sessions, ensuring our activities help the children to meet their appropriate milestones.  

The Trust is a truly amazing place to work, and has already offered me such a wide variety of tasks and experiences that will be enormously helpful in the future.  I feel so lucky to be here and am thoroughly enjoying every minute.”

 

Trident Placements

Charlotte Truscott joined us for two weeks from Hautlieu School.

On my first day of my placement with the Trust, I was welcomed with smiling faces and got to know who I would be working with for the next two weeks.  I had a tour of ‘The Bridge’, which is very welcoming and a child friendly place.  I then went to a meeting for an upcoming charity event the Trust is planning.  It was great to learn about the event and all the ideas that were coming forward and a real insight into how much planning charity events need and how to really promote the Trust.

As the days progressed, I learnt how to do many different office jobs, such as scanning, making files and also how to structure a business letter, which will help me a lot at school and after.  I have learnt about the different parts of the Trust and about other organisations it works with, and about other agencies at The Bridge, like Brighter Futures and all the courses it offers parents.  Also, I was very lucky to go to a presentation by Naomi Eisenstadt and gain even more knowledge about how important the early years are for children.  All these different experiences have given me loads of information about the wide range of jobs to do with childcare and helping children, which will definitely help me when I come to choose what career I’d like to follow.

On my last week at the Trust, I got to visit Leewood Nursery (where I actually went when I was little).  It was nice to be able to see a nursery that has help from the Trust.  I also went along to a JELLY club (Jersey Early Learning Literacy Years) and got to see the types of activities it offers to parents and children.  I then went to a nursery to see a little boy who has autism and to talk to his key worker and gather information about what her job involves and how the Trust helps her.  All these opportunities have really helped me understand what the Trust does as I got to go out and see their work in action rather than just hearing about it.

I have really enjoyed my time at the Trust and I am really grateful to have received all the amazing opportunities I have had.

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