Success for JEM (Jobsearch-Employment-Mentoring) is about the quality of service that they provide to those people trying to make a life in a new culture and to be a valuable contributor to society.
JEM, is a small organization founded in 2014 by Dr Patrick Boateng, and supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees and volunteers; It focusses on training in a range of employability skills for predominantly asylum seekers and refugees. The organization is experienced in Human Resources Management, Job Search and Interview Techniques, Mentoring, ESOL and basic IT training.
Modest funding has been secured previously from the Big Lottery, European Social Fund and Foundation Derbyshire which has enabled the organization to continue with its clear purpose . Previous funders have been so impressed with their performance against targets and quality of outcomes, that this has resulted in further funding opportunities being secured to continue the programmes. The most recent grant means that they can continue their work through 2017. As Dr Patrick Boateng says:
“2017 will be another busy and exciting year for JEM. With a two year grant from the Henry Smith Charity, JEM will deliver Job Search and Interview Techniques Project which will provide employability skills training to help and support refugees and asylum seekers in Derby to improve their future education, training and employment prospects. The project will help learners to acquire a range of skills including: job search skills, writing CVs and covering letters, applying for jobs on line, interview techniques, employers’ recruitment and interview processes, computer skills as well as help to improve confidence and people skills.”
Whilst other local and national organisations have ceased to exist, this is a huge success for JEM and confirms not only the quality of service the organisation provides, but also important role it plays in supporting the minority ethnic community.
JEM does not work in isolation, and partners with the Derby Refugee Advice Centre (DRAC) based at the Bosnia-Hercegovina Centre on Curzon Street. The Centre, run by Ferid Kevric, himself a Bosnian refugee from the war in the 1990s, is integral in facilitating, along with his team, services to support asylum seekers and refugees. Each Monday, following the DRAC English classes, JEM runs its weekly, on-site, employability project.
In the Annual report for 2016, JEM reports:
“Of the 137 people who were helped (average 24 hrs support per person) , 35 have found full-time employment, 3 are doing voluntary work and the remainder are either actively looking for employment or in further education. The project has improved the life chances of all learners as they have improved their employability skills including ability to complete job application forms, write CVs and cover letters, and have developed teamwork skills. It has also enabled better understanding of the English language giving people a better chance of accessing services in the local community.”
The individual attention is the aspect which provides these learners with the best opportunity which some of the more institutionalised providers cannot successfully deliver. JEM objectively delivers results in its chosen field, and the team will be working hard to continue this level of success into 2017.
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