You will work to the Individual Placement and Support Model of employment support and will be embedded within the relevant secondary care team. You will also spend time working in community based settings as required by the Model.
Direct employer engagement is an important part of the role.
Employment specialists are trained to provide people with support, coaching, CV development, interview training, and on-the-job support. IPS puts the service user's preferences at the centre of attention, as the service user decides whether or not employers and potential employers know about their mental illness and whether or not their employment advisor contacts the employer on his or her behalf. The service user also decides which jobs to apply for and how many hours he or she wants to work. The decision about how much to work is often influenced by a desire to transition to a working life while minimising the risk of being both out of work and without benefits.
Individual Placement Support is based on 8 key principles:
1.Primary goal is to achieve competitive employment with central focus to support job seekers gaining paid employment
2.Everyone is eligible with free service user decision of when to start return to work process
3.Job search is consistent with individual preferences
4.Job search is rapid
5.Co-location of employment specialists and clinical
6.Information about benefits is provided to help
7.Support is time unlimited and customised, to both the employee and the employer.
8. Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person’s work preferences.
We currently have two vacancies of which one is a slightly more senior role requiring enhanced experience of IPS fidelity and data management systems. Please indicate which vacancy you are interested in. Full job descriptions can be downloaded.
To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter. Your covering letter should be a supporting statement covering the following points:
Why you are interested in the position?
What is your strongest personal quality that will enable you to succeed in the role?
What are your relevant skills and experience? Please align to the person specification
We are looking for one full time or two part time Link Workers to work in Primary school settings in White City.
We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a passion for providing young people and families with the opportunities and relationships to enable them to flourish in life. Applicants will be highly proactive, professional, meticulous in their attention to detail and able to recognise the rigour required in reporting and data collection so as to evidence their own and other organisations’ work. WLZ Link Workers are individuals who are creative, constantly looking for new situations and solutions to improve the lives of young people and families, and who have great energy and enthusiasm for this work.
Based in schools, Link Workers work with families, WLZ colleagues, teachers and partner organisations to plan, co-ordinate and deliver a two year programme of support for children and young people. WLZ aims for every child to achieve good wellbeing, confidence and aspiration, positive relationships and improved academic achievement.
There are five key components to the Link Worker role:
- Build positive relationships with children, young people and families, developing a detailed understanding of each child on the WLZ programme
- Co-ordinate the programme of support delivered by WLZ’s partner organisations, ensuring that it complements what is on offer in the school and runs smoothly
- Create and deliver tailored interventions for individuals and small groups, responding to changing needs over the course of the programme
- Connect families to opportunities in their community by linking them to organisations, events and activities
- Support the children, young people and families to engage consistently with the programme of support so that they make progress towards positive outcomes
Applications received before 11.00pm on Thursday 3rd October will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 6pm on Friday 4th October. The first round assessment days be on Friday 11th October.