Aim4Work - Employment Adviser

Job Category
Community Mental Health
£26,225 - £31,479
Closing date
Contract type
Fixed Term
Total hours per week

About Shaw Trust  

“Shaw Trust promotes team spirit, inclusiveness and it is an organisation where everybody is somebody. I am proud to be part of this great organisation.”

At Shaw Trust we believe everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life and an opportunity for rewarding work. We are a social purpose organisation challenging inequality and breaking down barriers to enable social mobility.

For us being part of the solution is about creating the conditions for this to happen, advocating and delivering services that make a real difference. Working in partnership not competition, we are part of an eco-system of purpose-led organisations, striving for a fairer, more equal society centred on opportunity for all.

Aim4Work - Employment Adviser

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.


  • Commitment to providing a quality service to clients and colleagues. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team and individually. 
  • Ability to co-ordinate, evaluate and support work placements. 
  • Ability to negotiate and liaise at all levels. 
  • Ability to secure appropriate placements and jobs. 
  • Ability to problem solve and respond appropriately to a wide range of situations. 
  • A flexible approach and ability to cope with the varying demands of the role. 
  • IPS Knowledge or understanding and willingness to train having researched IPS ahead of interview.

Download the Job Description for full details.



Employee Benefits

As well as helping to make a positive difference to the lives of young people, as an employee of Shaw Trust you will have access to the following benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), with incremental increases post 3 years’ service up to 28 days, and the option to purchase additional holiday
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave each year
  • An enhanced pension scheme after 6 months
  • Life Assurance at 3 times your annual salary rate
  • Access to a suite of learning and development opportunities including paid for apprenticeship and masters’ levels qualifications, and management development programmes
  • Opportunities to connect with our employee diversity networks (LGBTQ+ Support Network, Racial Equality Network, Disability Equality Network, Women’s Network)
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including internal support, employee assistance programme and health cash plan

Our Strategy

To find out more about Shaw Trusts aims in our 2030 Strategic Directive available here: 

Join a diverse and inclusive organisation

Shaw Trust is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, where every employee, regardless of their background or lived experience, feels that they belong and can progress in their career.

In our most recent colleague survey “86% of our colleagues say we demonstrate a true commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion”.

In addition;

  • We are proud to be certified as an employer who meets the National Equality Standard, the accepted standard for inclusiveness in business across the UK.
  • We are Disability Confident Leaders, support the guaranteed interview scheme and use of the government’s Access to Work scheme. 
  • Living our values, we are keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within our organisation.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community including from people with lived experience and/or knowledge of disability or social exclusion.

If you have accessibility requirements and/or would like further information about the role, please contact:  

Shaw Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.