Aim4Work - Employment Adviser


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Job Category
Community Mental Health
£24,955 - £29,955
Closing date
Contract type
Fixed Term
Total hours per week


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

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 common mental health conditions.

Working daily with participants, health professionals, volunteers and service providers, Employment Advisers are focused on making sure a person’s journey into employment, with associated improved social inclusion and well-being, is as easy as possible. You will deliver these activities on one of two high profile contracts in London. The contracts are co-funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund and deliver Independent Placement and Support (IPS) services to people with common mental health conditions.

Our Employment Advisers will need to understand the needs of project participants and employers and work creatively and sympathetically to make appropriate participant/employer matches. Support will continue through a programme of in work support led by the Employment Adviser and continuing to address the needs of participant and employer for up to 9 months after job start.


As an Employment Adviser, 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; 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.

Working closely with the project Navigator, who will have a detailed understanding of support available across voluntary, public and health services locally, you will wrap appropriate levels of support around participant journeys to address additional barriers preventing access to employment.

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 primary and 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