Blackpool Council

Contract Type: Permanent

Contract Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: NJC Grade F £29,777- £33,024

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To support our exciting expansion of IPS across Lancashire and South Cumbria, we are recruiting Employment Specialists to join our friendly team.

We’re looking for Employment Specialists to work with Primary Care Networks in Fleetwood, Blackburn, Barrow and Lancaster and Morecambe and travel from those bases will be required. 

Consideration will be given to the preferred location of applicants.

This post will be covering areas within Lancashire, with travel involved. Consideration will be given to the preferred location of applicants, we have bases across the region.

You will manage a caseload of clients who have mental health support needs, to assist them in securing sustainable paid employment in line with their preferences. Patients will be referred into the service via LSCft mental health teams.

You will deliver a model of employment support called Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for which training will be given; providing person centred advice and guidance, whilst building positive relationships with local employers to enable clients to move into suitable employment.
You will work as part of a mental health team, developing positive and integrated relationships, providing a holistic approach to recovery through employment.

We are looking for someone who holds a Level 3 in IAG or equivalent or has a minimum of 2 years demonstrable experience providing employability support, advice and guidance.

Having access to a vehicle to attend appointments is essential for the post.

From the moment you join us, you’ll receive a number of benefits, including:

  • Achievable work-life balance through a range of flexible working options
  • Annual leave – in addition to public holidays, you will be eligible to take 26 days of annual leave in each financial year, rising to 28 days after five years’ service and 32 days after ten years. Additional leave can be purchased via salary sacrifice
  • Competitive pension schemes
  • Generous special leave provisions to help employees deal with caring responsibilities, domestic emergencies and bereavement
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave above the statutory minimum
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Corporate leisure scheme
  • Comprehensive training and development opportunities, including access to the e-learning site ‘iPool’
  • Regular supervision and support plus annual individual appraisals
  • Occupational sick pay scheme and health support
  • Outstanding service awards – this annual awards scheme recognises dedicated and outstanding employees!
  • A range of travel benefits, such as train season ticket, car sharing, cycling schemes, staff parking and more.
  • Free health MOT at corporate health events held throughout the year
  • Free independent, face-to-face counselling and helpline
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • A range of employee discounts to national attractions

Click here to view the Job Description.

This post requires access to PSN (Public Services Network) services or networks and the successful post holder will be required to undertake a Basic Disclosure check of unspent convictions through Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). This post is also subject to satisfactory references, medical clearance, evidence of any essential qualifications and proof of legal working in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.