“Giving you ACCESS to find employment”
Career Access will centralise all employment-related resources on St Helena and serve not only those who are unemployed, but St Helena residents at every stage of their career and every level of ability. The establishment of Career Access St Helena was part of the Labour Market Strategy in which its overall aim is:
‘Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value’ by 2030.
To improve employment outcomes on the Island, SHG is establishing Career Access St Helena. Career Access is envisioned as a one-stop shop for career services on St Helena, operated as a partnership between SHG, St Helena Community College and relevant private sector and non-governmental entities in order to meet the needs of the widest range of stakeholders. Career Access will centralise all employment-related resources on St Helena and serve not only those who are unemployed, but persons at every stage of their career and every level of ability.
Career Access will actively work to connect individuals who are not employed with open positions for which they are suited. Career Access will be equipped to administer skills assessments and open positions in St Helena, recommend relevant training or other development opportunities. Career Access may also be available to advice individuals who are currently employed but seeking to change jobs.
No one is born knowing how to write a CV, sit for an interview or manage a team. To facilitate building these critical skills, Career Access will maintain a centralised calendar of career development training available in St Helena and support organisations of specific courses that are not already offered.
To maximise the benefit of centralised employment resources, Career Access staff will work closely with coordinators of St Helena’s existing work experience, apprenticeship and occupational therapy programmes. The Career Access Coordinator will have responsibility for liaising with employers across all sectors to identify positions specifically suitable for students, school leavers and individuals with disabilities. The ultimate goal will be to develop a pipeline of regularly available opportunities that align with employer needs and create a path to permanent employment.