Employment Specialist



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.


Job Overview:

  • 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.


  • To maintain and support a caseload of individual clients from Secondary Care mental health teams, providing assessment to address need, action planning to address barriers to employment and ongoing support to improve employability pre- and post-employment.
  • To engage effectively with employers to identify appropriate employment opportunities for people
    To support individual production of CVs and application forms and co-ordinate and deliver preparatory activity to support clients into work, e.g. delivery of interview technique training and advice and guidance around welfare benefits and disclosure.
  • To develop and provide vocational guidance to people, assisting with identifying their key strengths and appropriate career direction.
  • To work with employers to promote the service, identify job opportunities and ensure appropriate strategies are in place to reduce barriers in the workplace.
  • To provide a quality service by conducting regular visits, effective monitoring, evaluation support and guidance to clients and employers.
  • To assist with job retention support through the delivery and coordination of on-going in-work support.
  • To liaise effectively within the NHS Trust and with all appropriate partners.
  • To carry out effective and efficient procedures, producing appropriate records/reports as required.
  • To maintain awareness of employment and disability issues.
  • To promote and market the Individual Placement and Support Employment Service within the secondary care mental health teams ensuring that all patients get the opportunity to receive support.
  • To attend Area, Regional and National meetings as required including secondary care mental health meetings.
  • To adhere to the Trust ’s policies and procedures.
  • To promote and market the Trust as directed

The Person:

  • Embraces change and drives continuous improvement
  • Demonstrates a high passion to further the charitable aims of the organisation and acts with integrity
  • IAG Level 4 or willing to work towards Level 4 is desired
  • Previous relevant experience
  • Previous experience of working with people with Mental Health issues is desired
  • Experience in working towards a target and achieving job outcomes
  • Experience of using NHS databases

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About Company

Shaw Trust
Hackney, East London

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Years of experience: NA Salary: GBP25 - GBP30 /Per Year Publish date: 31 Jul 2020 Expire in: 1 week

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