The employment specialist will manage a caseload of c.25 people in drug and alcohol treatment services who wish to return to, or start, paid employment. The people you work with will be worked with for up to 9 months, plus up to 4 months of in-work support. The employment specialist will be required to build effective working relationships with local employers, training providers and colleges to secure employment and education opportunities for people in community treatment for substance misuse, including ensuring the service is focused on accessing the ‘hidden’ labour market.

There is a requirement to provide job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people supported, whilst following the evidence-based principles and procedures of IPS supported employment.

Ongoing support will be required according to both the employee and employer’s needs to enable people who have experienced dependency on drugs and/or alcohol retain employment once secured. Work experience placements and those job seeking will require to be provided with help and advice to apply for posts in open employment.