Employment Specialist

Hackney, Portland Avenue

This vacancy is now closed

Job Category
Community Mental Health
Hackney, Portland Avenue
£25,245 - £30,295 per annum
Closing date
Contract type
Total hours per week

Who are we?

Shaw Trust is a progressive charity on an exciting journey to help five times more people over the next five years. For over 30 years we have supported disabled and disadvantaged people to make positive changes to their lives through training and employment, and our ambitious plans need the right people to help us transform many more lives, in many more ways.

What we do is exciting, fulfilling and diverse and it’s about to get even better. As well as employment services, we work with kids in schools, help offenders in prisons, and empower people to take part in activities that many of us would take for granted.

Working with us gives you far more benefits than a standard package; it gives you the chance to help turn someone’s life around.

What we need

Working within East London NHS Trust’s Recovery Teams, to support people who have experienced mental health problems to gain competitive paid employment.


To work directly with employers to secure employment opportunities, and subsequently to provide ongoing support according to both the employee’s and the employer’s needs


To hold specific responsibility and autonomy for the delivering of contract performance targets within an allocated Recovery Team


To promote contracted services, the Individual Placement and Support model and Shaw Trust to external agencies and the wider community


You’re the person who can help people access the right job for them at the right time with the right support built around them, all key elements in transforming the lives of people with severe and enduring mental health conditions.


Working daily with clients, health professionals, volunteers and service providers; Employment Specialists are focused on making sure a person’s journey into employment, with associated improved social inclusion and well-being, is as easy as possible.


Our Employment Specialists will need to understand the needs of project clients and employers and work creatively and sympathetically to make appropriate client/employer matches. Support will continue through a programme of in work support led by the Employment Specialist and continuing to address the needs of client and employer for up to a year.


As an Employment Specialist, you will need to be an able communicator, passionate about getting it right and focused on transforming individual lives through sustainable solutions.


You will work with people on their individual employment journey from initial assessment to the point where they no longer require face to face in work support. Key milestones on a typical journey are: initial assessment; vocational profiling, action planning; review and progress measurement; job brokerage, working on a one to one basis with employers to match people with appropriate employment; planning, providing and coordinating support whilst in employment; managing withdrawal of support as the in work support period comes to an end.


This role is perfect for individuals who have experience either in the employment advice field or as practitioners within a community mental health and/or wellbeing setting, but who are open to additional training and support where required. In all cases, a practical understanding of secondary care, coupled with the ability to champion and embrace change would be helpful. The successful candidate will have a solution focussed approach, be highly organised and be able to deliver to agreed service specifications and outcomes.

Are you right for the job?

  • Do you have experience within an employment advice and/or community mental health or wellbeing setting?
  • Do you have the ability to turn around the lives of people through engagement and inclusion?
  • Do you have a strong track record of achieving positive outcomes?
  • Do you motivate people, work well in a team and stay focused under pressure?
  • Do you feel passionate about reducing the impact of stigma on people’s lives and opportunities