Mike Evans was entirely responsible for setting up the Guernsey Employment Trust (GET) five years ago. What he achieved was a fundamental transformation of a not fit for purpose government operation to a highly successful, independently run, supportive employment service. He informed politicians and civil servants what was needed to be done, trained staff and educated employers.
His expert advice, based on his considerable experience in supported employment, was accepted by the authorities in Guernsey and he acted as the Chief Executive of the new entity for the first two years to ensure that the methodology and culture set out by him was adopted. He produced an extensive Good Practice Guide for Employers in Guernsey which sits alongside an Employers’ Disability Charter. That guidance to employers, as well as practical seminars, has meant that over 50 leading employers have signed up to the Charter including the Guernsey government itself.
GET has transformed the opportunities for employment for those who were previous struggling and needed support. It is those individuals, hundreds of them now, who should be most grateful for the outstanding work done by Mike. They are now in employment and would not have been without GET being set up by Mike with his vison and expertise.