Voisin and Volaw Have Inclusive Initiative

Voisin and Volaw have launched an initiative to highlight the value that people with special needs can bring to the workplace.

The two companies have been supporting local charity The Inclusion Project since the end of 2012, and invited all members to apply for a unique work placement. The Inclusion Project supports local 11-25 year olds with special needs. Members, with the guidance of their youth workers, are being offered the opportunity to submit a CV and covering letter for consideration.

Candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed. Three applicants will then have the opportunity to spend the day working at Voisin and Volaw and meeting the directors and partners. The most successful applicant will be employed on a full time basis for six months from October, splitting their time between the Marketing and HR teams.

All applicants will benefit from practice in writing letters and compiling a CV. Shortlisted candidates will also undertake interview technique training with constructive feedback for the future. Organisers hope that the initiative will help to build their confidence whilst also raising awareness of the number of people with special needs who are able to work and would be an asset to local companies.

Voisin and Volaw have invested a great deal of time into education and training over the years. Last year they became one of the first businesses to be awarded the Jersey Finance 'kitemark' in recognition of their involvement in, and support of, the Schools Roadshow Programme. This is first time they have devised a scheme for young people with special needs and the entire staff have come on board to ensure the project is a great success.

Voisin and Volaw’s Head of HR Emma Stewart said: “We really hope this placement will assist the members of The Inclusion Project in the long term by giving them invaluable experience in an office environment and making them feel more confident in their abilities. We hope this initiative will encourage other businesses to look at diversifying their work force and encourage a greater understanding of people with special needs and their value to the business community.”

Leana D’Orleans, Senior Youth Worker with The Inclusion Project, added: “While research shows that people with disabilities make excellent employees, not all employers know how to effectively recruit, hire and retain such individuals. We are so grateful to Voisin and Volaw for working so hard to get this placement initiative up and running; it’s going to be hugely valuable to our members and I know they have so much to give to employers too. I hope this drives other businesses to consider people with special needs and disabilities and see the positives that can be enjoyed from recruiting them.”

For further information about Voisin and Volaw’s sponsorship strategy, please contact our Head of Marketing Georgina Jeffries (georginajeffries@voisinlaw.com).