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IPS Employment Specialist

Great Yarmouth

Between £20000-£30000 Per Year

Full Time

Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Closing Date: 16/06/24

REF: NWM:417

IPS Employment Specialist: Drug & Alcohol Recovery

Please note – Driver’s license and access to a vehicle are essential for this role.

Full-Time – 37.5 Hours per week

Salary – £28,389 per annum

Location Coverage – This is a hybrid role, where you will be meeting clients out in the community to offer them support with employment. We have 1 vacancy for this role covering East Norfolk based in Great Yarmouth.

Are you passionate about supporting people and making a real difference within your community? We are looking for a motivated and passionate self-starter who is confident that they can support individuals back to employment.

As an IPS Employment Specialist, you will play a vital role in helping people in drug and alcohol recovery find meaningful and fulfilling employment. Joining a well-established and award-winning IPS service that utilises the skills of people with backgrounds from a variety of industries. Providing you with excellent training and the support you need to take on the role, develop your skills and have access to a broad range of opportunities within Norfolk and Waveney Mind.

We welcome applications from all experience levels and backgrounds, you do not need experience in the mental health sector to apply. What you will need is the ability to motivate and build relationships with clients, strong organisational skills, the confidence to communicate and engage with a range of employers and stakeholders and a fundamental belief that anyone who wants to work can work.

What is an IPS Employment Specialist?
This is a rewarding and dynamic role where no day is the same and you’ll be making a genuine difference to people’s lives. Using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model you’ll be:

  • Supporting and motivating individuals with mental health conditions to access and sustain paid employment.
  • Regularly meeting with clients to listen, offer support and help them identify their best job match, reflecting their skills and aspirations.
  • Supporting the clients through CV production, interview techniques and managing their health at work.
  • Advocating for your clients by educating and engaging with employers regarding the IPS service.
  • Sourcing job opportunities for your clients through regular contact with local employers within the community.
  • Promoting employment and raising expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment, breaking down the barriers for them.

Who are we looking for?
You will need to be supportive and empathetic with great communication and listening skills. Also, the ability to initiate and develop relationships with individuals and be able to engage employers using a variety of methods such as; via phone or face-to-face in the community, alongside having excellent time management and organisational skills.

We are actively interested in individuals who have experience in roles in at least one of the following areas; coaching, mentoring, recruitment, training, human resources, pastoral support, management, mental health, education, or sales.

Finally, you will be passionate, self-motivated, and ready to make a difference to the lives of the clients you are working with.

Why work for Norfolk and Waveney Mind?
We are the leading mental health charity in Norfolk and Waveney, providing services which make a real difference to people’s lives, including our award-winning IPS Employment Support team. You will join a friendly, flexible, and supportive employer, who works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, support people in their recovery and champion better services for all.

We have an exceptional staff benefits package which includes: an attractive pension scheme, online discount portal, financial advice, and health & wellbeing program. Furthermore, your in-work fuel costs are covered at 45p per mile and your parking costs can be claimed back. You will also have an excellent annual leave entitlement of 26 days rising up to 29 days per year, plus bank holidays.

Norfolk and Waveney Mind is a fast-paced and growing organisation, where we work to reduce stigma associated with mental health, support people in their recovery and champion better services for all. We expect all our staff to adhere to our commitment to our Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and have the belief that with the right support and resources everybody can create a life that feels meaningful to them.

We encourage all interested/suitable to apply, but should you wish to have a friendly and informal chat about the role before applying, please call: Gentie Lee (Team Lead) on: 07355 090680 OR Henry Wiltcher (Service Manager) on: 07719 971940

Closing Date – Sunday 16th June

Interview Process
If you are shortlisted and invited for interview, the interviews will consist of a two-stage process. 1st stage interview will be a warner interview, if you are successful a 2nd stage interview will take place on a date to be confirmed. Interviews will take place face to face.

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