The Poppy Factory – Employability Consultant


Full Time: 37.5 hours
Fixed term contract 3 years
Birkenhead & the Wirral
Salary: £29,565.51 pa experienced in IPS

This is an excellent opportunity to join The Poppy Factory at an innovative period of service expansion supporting veterans within an embedded NHS setting in the NW of England for a 3 year pilot project in collaboration with the University of Nottingham. It is funded by The Forces In Mind Trust (FiMT), a £35 million funding scheme run by the FiMT using an endowment awarded by The National Lottery Community Fund. We hope that you are inspired to join us in our important and life-changing work to create a world in which every workplace values and recognises the vast range of transferable skills that veterans can bring to an organisation. This is an exciting opportunity for a quality driven, professional and highly motivated and organised individual to join an established service working to the Individual Placement & Support (IPS) model. This role is offered on a 3 year fixed term basis.

Since we started The Poppy Factory employability service has facilitated over 1100 job starts for ex-armed forces throughout England, Wales and NI who experience some form of mental or physical health challenge in relation to work. Demand for our service has grown significantly; we are ambitious about supporting many more wounded; injured or sick veterans into meaningful and sustainable work and are now entering a further period of growth & research.

Are you:

• Keen to be involved at the start of developing a new integrated Poppy Factory employment service within an NHS clinical setting?
• Able to form effective & collaborative relationships quickly with a range of partners in the Wirral?
• Recovery oriented and hopeful about every person’s ability to succeed in employment, open minded about helping people move into competitive jobs regardless of physical or mental health issues?
• A creative problem-solver who asks questions to learn more about a situation and is thoughtful and tenacious in working with others to find a range of possible solutions?

The successful candidate for this role will have a sound track record of working with people with mental and physical health problems or disabilities and supporting them to gain and retain work, as well as employer engagement skills.

You will need IAG or equivalent, coaching and motivational skills, excellent communication, prioritisation, project management, data entry and caseload management skills. The role is site based at the Stein Centre, St Catherine’s Centre, Birkenhead so you will need to be self-motivated with the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with clinical teams and other colleagues.

The role also requires strong networking and relationship management skills with the ability to work collaboratively with both referral partners and local employers.

Prior IPS experience is essential.

The Poppy Factory aims to be an exemplar employer. We provide competitive terms and conditions of employment including:

• A generous Company Pension scheme
• Company-paid life assurance

How to apply

To apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter clearly outlining how you meet the essential criteria in the person specification. You may address your covering letter to Sarah Casemore, Director of Operations.

The successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date is midnight on Monday 22 April 2019.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Sarah Casemore on 07785 667 871 (no agencies please)

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to equality, valuing diversity and promoting inclusion within our workforce, including the volunteers who give their time to us. We work to maintain an environment where the needs and aspirations of all employees are met, irrespective of characteristics protected under the legislative framework of the Equality Act 2010. We expect everyone to understand and accept their personal responsibility to recognise and value differences and the unique contributions that people make to the way we deliver our work.

As an equal opportunities employer our commitment is to take positive measures to recruit people from underrepresented groups, and we actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. As a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview for any job applicant with a disability who meets the essential criteria for the role. Please indicate in your covering letter if you wish to be considered under this scheme. We are also happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the application or interview process to accommodate disabled candidates.
We are a family friendly employer and happy to discuss flexible working.

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