IPS Employment Specialist

Birmingham Posted on Employment Specialist

The Organisation

AVision for Empowerment is a rapidly growing Community Interest Company that is the driving force for the empowerment and development of individuals towards personal and professional achievement.

Their mission is to ignite self-belief, provide the tools for self-awareness and inspire individuals to achieve their career goals whether it is starting their own enterprise, employment, training, or furthering their education. They support people in realising their visions/goals and turning them into a rewarding career.

They currently work within the community, prisons, probation, employment agencies, and schools and our aim for the future is to continue providing effective accredited workshops and programmes that inspire positive sustainable change in people’s lives.

This is a unique opportunity to become a member of their team.

Role Overview:

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced IPS Employment Specialist who is willing to work with people who have a history of offending and complex care needs.   This exciting project provides an excellent service to project participants, their families, and the wider community.

The ideal candidate will have mentoring/coaching ability with a vibrant motivational nature that has the resilience as well as passion to inspire change with those that are deemed the hardest to reach.


  • Deliver 1-2-1 Individual Placement and Support session (IPS).
  • Adhere to the 8 IPS key principles
  • To monitor performance and initiate and maintain high fidelity
  • Regularly meet clients to understand their needs, barriers, key skills, aspirations, and goals through completing a Vocational Profiling tool.
  • Produce a Career Plan to help clients to progress into and sustain employment.
  • Support job search, CV production, application forms, interview techniques, and career development.
  • Assess and address client’s support needs including benefits advice (Better Off Calculation), disclosure, and provide support and guidance.
  • Facilitate group interventions, where appropriate, to deliver key training messages whilst fostering a peer-support environment.
  • Source job opportunities for clients through tailored job search and regular contact with trusted employers.
  • Provide education and guidance to employers, as agreed with the client, which may include negotiating adjustments, a return to work strategy and on-going contact with the employer to ensure job retention.
  • Build relationships with colleagues and referral partners to engage and generate referrals and to create collaborative working partnerships.
  • Deliver ‘professional behaviours’ training, teaching clients how to manage conflict, how to ‘respond rather than react’ and manage working relationships.
  • Provide In-work support to clients and employers to help sustain employment.
  • To engage learners of all learning styles including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
  • To plan, organise, prepare and deliver training sessions and assess as required.
  • To promote high quality training in accordance with AVision for Empowerment CIC.
  • To understand the learning needs and challenges of working with offenders and be able to develop and deliver our programme which is compliant with best practice and meets quality targets while creating engaging, motivational training or one to one sessions.
  • To use own creativity and initiative to engage those that are deemed the hardest to reach.
  • To assist in the administration of learning and to maintain accurate records including l progress and assessment.

The Person:

  • An understanding of the principles and practice of the Individual Placement and Support Model
  • Relevant experience in coaching/mentoring/teaching and facilitating groups preferably within the third sector.
  • A degree in a relevant area or Equivalent experience in employment advice or mental health or a Level 3 qualification in Information and Guidance.
  • Preferably with an award in Education and Training (formerly known as PTLLS) Coaching or other training qualifications will also be considered.
  • Experience of supporting people into vocational/employment activities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of working with young people with convictions and those with complex needs
  • Experience of teaching self-empowerment or personal development material
  • Recent, relevant experience in third sector
  • Practical experience of workshop/programme management
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to manage own time and use their own initiative to complete tasks.
  • An understanding of people with convictions, including needs and challenges
  • Good knowledge of self-empowerment and personal development
  • Effective teaching/coaching /motivational and learning styles
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Conditions
  • Understand the importance of Confidentiality, Data Protection and GDPR, Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding, Health & Safety, SEN and Child Protection
  • Creative and Imaginative approach to lesson delivery
  • Able to motivate self and others
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work as team
  • Ability to be flexible and efficient, maintain the highest professional standards and able to promote and implement workshops lessons.

About Company

AVision for Empowerment
138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Job level: Mid level Salary: GBP26 /Per Year Publish date: 08 Jul 2020 Expire in: 1 week

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