Employment Specialist- Thrive into Work

West Midlands
Job Category
Community Mental Health
West Midlands
£25,031 to £30,285
Closing date
Contract type
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.

We deliver the Thrive into Work service on behalf of the West Midland Combined Authority. We offer one-to-one, specialised support to anyone experiencing barriers to finding work because of their physical or mental health. This service is known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS).  

The Role

Working on the Thrive into Work contract, embedded with Primary Care, Community Health Teams, and the wider community you will be delivering employment support to participants in parallel to the health treatment being delivered by NHS clinicians. Working intensively with a maximum caseload of 30 participants who have a health condition which impacts on their ability to gain work or stay in work.

Assisting them to obtain and sustain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals, following the eight principles of IPS. Meeting and exceeding performance targets for referrals, programme starts, employer engagement, job starts and sustainment, in compliance with contractual guidelines and quality procedures.

Key Requirements

You will have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience of supporting participants with mental ill health or other health conditions
  • Proactive approach to engaging with participants and sourcing potential referrals 
  • Creating and delivering candidate Action Plans 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully working to targets 
  • Experience working with employers to develop job opportunities for participants, and to support them whilst in work 
  • Attention to detail and ability to work to a defined delivery structure

You will meet with participants in local community settings such as libraries and cafes, providing one to one support to help people to find work. Our participants voluntarily access our services because they want support in finding work.  

You will be great at engaging with people and building rapport, you’ll be solution focused and confident to make connections to help support the participants progress into work, e.g with local employers and professional referral sources. You will be engaging and communicative with excellent customer service skills.

Research suggests that being in regular work has positive effects on your health.  If you have a health condition, being in work can help you to improve support networks and find ways to manage your health and wellbeing.


We have opportunities in the following areas (please specifiy your preferred location when applying:)

  • Birmingham and Solihull
  • Sandwell, West Birmingham and Wolverhampton
  • Coventry and Rugby

This role is peripatetic with a mix of home based and in community working. You must have a driving licence and a car as you will be visiting participants and colleagues out in the community in the West Midlands.

We will be shortlisting candidates as they apply, therefore if you are interested in this opportunity please don't delay in submitting your application.

Employee Benefits

At Shaw Trust you will be joining a supportive, values driven team, who are passionate about helping people.  Please download the Job Description for full details on the role and Person Specification. In addition to a competitive salary and being part of an organisation which makes a positive difference to people’s lives, as an employee of Shaw Trust you will receive: 

Paid leave

  • 25 days annual leave per year, plus bank holidays, and the option to purchase additional holiday
  • 3.5 days paid leave at Christmas
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave each year

Opportunities to connect

  • Join an employee network: LGBTQ+ Support Network, Racial Equality Network, Disabled Employee Network
  • Join our employee voice group

Opportunities to progress your career

  • Access to an online learning platform
  • Access to internal apprenticeships
  • Cross organisational career paths

Health and wellbeing

  • Healthcare cash plan, giving you money back for health care costs including dentistry and eye care, and access to wellbeing apps
  • Health and wellbeing programmes including counselling via our employee assistance programme
  • Discounted gym membership

Financial wellbeing

  • An enhanced pension scheme after 6 months
  • Life Assurance at 3 times your annual salary rate
  • Online shopping discounts including supermarkets and DIY stores

Our Strategy

To find out more about Shaw Trusts aims in our 2030 Strategic Directive available here: https://www.shawtrust.org.uk/content/uploads/2020/09/Vision-2030-Strategic-Directive-5-9.pdf 

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.  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 would like information in a different format, email our Resourcing Team at resourcing@shaw-trust.org.uk to make alternative arrangements.