PL909 - Aspirations IPS Employment Advisor

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Posted: 07/02/2020 16:14
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £20,886 – £23,584 per annum
Location: Medway
Level: Frontline
Deadline: 20/02/2020 09:00
Hours: 37.50
Benefits: Please see "About Us" section
Job Type: Fixed term

Interview date: 28th February 2020

Contract: Fixed term until 30th June 2021

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About us: Porchlight is a charity supporting people who are homeless, vulnerable and isolated. At Porchlight, we are passionate about helping vulnerable people to reach their full potential. We strive for a fairer society where vulnerable people find stability, the most excluded are included, and where homelessness and poverty are things of the past.

The role:  In this role you will be responsible for delivering tailored employment support and advice to a caseload of participants suffering with mental health problems to support them into employment. The role will be suited to someone who can support in reducing mental health barriers whist increasing wellbeing and social independence. This will include both 121 support and group work to identify and address their barriers, while achieving an increase in work related skills and employment outcomes.

What you need: As well as having experience of working with disadvantaged people, the role requires someone with a good attitude and knowledge of the IPS employment model. You will be responsible for empowering participants on the program with the skills that they need to not only gain but then hold down long term, paid employment.

The post is jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund until 2021

The role will require you to:

  • Manage a caseload of participants who face significant barriers to employment
  • Develop individual employment plans with participants
  • Provide 121 support through a participants journey into employment and then support them in work
  • To work in partnership with all local agencies such as DWP / JCP, work programme providers and training organisations.
  • Be able to engage employers with confidence about the IPS service and our service users.

If you would like an exciting challenging rewarding job, making a difference in the lives of others, then we would like to hear from you.

Benefits: As a member of the Porchlight team, you will have access to a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • free life insurance
  • flexible working hours
  • 25 days holiday per year (increasing to 30 days after 5 years service) pro rata
  • Porchlight pension scheme

More information is available in the Job Description below.

Porchlight is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



Job Description

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Overall Purpose

The Aspirations IPS Advisor will be responsible for supporting people into employment using the IPS (Individual Placement & Support) model.  Aspirations is a National Lottery Community Fund/European Social Fund (ESF) Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project. It is designed to increase wellbeing, resilience and skills, and to provide a pathway to work, volunteering or work-like activities for people who have had mental health issues which have been a barrier to work. Aspirations includes partners from the voluntary sector, arts, sports and community groups and is delivered across Kent and East Sussex.

Main Responsibilities

  1. To deliver IPS employment support and guidance to people whilst identifying the specific needs of individuals and the expectations of our employer partners. This will require extensive caseload management whilst meeting set project targets.
  2. To be the main point of contact for participants who require help and guidance in moving towards employment.
  3. To remain up to date and educated with all IPS employment training.
  4. To work to the parameters and directions of the IPS fidelity scale.
  5. To empower Aspirations participants to gain employment skills and qualifications.
  6. To continue to help build relationships with new and current employers by attending relevant meetings, groups and networking events to publicise Porchlight / Aspirations and the overall employment service.
  7. To liaise closely with the IPS Employment Coordinator to ensure smooth and consistent delivery of the program.
  8. To act as a source of advice and expertise to Porchlight / Aspirations staff and those we support regarding work placements.
  9. To refer and signpost participants to other organisations if they require further specialist guidance.
  10. To identify new opportunities for participants to gain work experience and help develop these relationships.
  11. To inform the IPS employment coordinator of any new employment opportunities that arise for participants.
  12. To engage, assist and work alongside Aspirations Coaches in the delivery of the program.
  13. To develop paid employment opportunities for participants who have undertaken work placements, with the employers they were placed with.
  14. To liaise where necessary with local DWP / JCP offices and work closely with the local CMHT.
  15. Delivering in work support to participants who require more tailored advice to sustain their employment whilst ensuring that they are placed in a health conscious and safe environment.


  1. To keep appropriately accurate and detailed records to support the current delivery of employment services
  2. To undertake and participate constructively in induction, regular supervision, appraisal and relevant training, and contribute positively to good team relationships and continuous improvement of services.
  3. To maintain confidentiality in line with organisational policy in relation to service users, staff and business sensitive information.

This job description is a summary of the main responsibilities of the post and duties may change and vary from time to time. Staff will be consulted on any major changes to the job description


Person Specification

We want the post-holder to be able to demonstrate the following competencies to a high level and want to use these to the full in their work. This is more important than having a great deal of direct experience of the job content, and we will be looking for evidence of all the following key competencies during the selection process, if you are shortlisted.

  • People focused
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Communication and influence
  • Teamwork
  • Quality focused
  • Adaptable
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity and innovation



  1. Proven experience in delivering employment advice and support in both individual and group settings
  2. Proven experience in working in a person centered, target focused environment and have a strong ability to manage a varied, and at times, complex caseload of service users with a mental health condition
  3. Past experience of working independently with minimal day to day supervision


  1. Experience of working with IPS model or have knowledge of how of this works when supporting individuals to gain employment
  2. Working experience of assisting people with mental health conditions into employment
  3. Competent in working in public settings such as  café’s, community centers, Gateways etc
  4. Experience of working remotely in different geographical areas each day

Skills & Abilities


  1. Excellent IT skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, using a Smartphone, using the internet)
  2. An ability to organise own workload efficiently, balancing face to face work with administration.
  3. An ability to initiate and maintain constructive relations with service users, colleagues, business partners and other professionals from a wide variety of cultural and social background
  4. Ability to present to groups of people and ‘sell’ the advantages of employing Aspirations participants



  1. A knowledge and understanding of the complex needs of mental health and disadvantaged people
  2. An understanding of housing and welfare benefit systems
  3. Knowledge of area specific employment opportunities in each area the roles covers in Kent 

Personal Qualities


  1. Commitment to the practical application of Equal Opportunities in the field of housing and mental health
  2. The need to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends
  3. Commitment to developing and maintaining a high level of service to colleagues, participants, partners and other stakeholders
  4. A positive, self-motivated and enthusiastic attitude to work
  5. Excellent communication and influencing skills (written and verbal)
  6. Experience of making a positive contribution to the team
  7. The capacity to handle pressure and to be adaptable to changing or conflicting demands
  8. The ability to identify solutions to problems and implement them
  9. The ability to actively contribute ideas and suggestions that improve the quality of service
  10. In addition the post holder will also require a full driving license and the use of a vehicle, subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Please note this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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