Employment Advisor - IPS (Drug and Rehabilitation)

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: MAY20224639

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Fixed Term


£25,927 - £30,095 Per Annum

Closing date

5 June 2022

Fixed term for 2 years

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 8,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

Portsmouth City Council’s IPS ‘Individual Placement and Support’ model contract, which is a well-evidenced approach that aims for sustained employment through mainstream, competitive jobs. It works with anyone of working age engaged in structured treatment. IPS is highly personalised, features significant employer engagement, and offers in-work support in addition to pre-employment support. IPS is a ‘work first’ intervention designed to support people into jobs that they want to do regardless of their stage on the recovery journey. It is also, to a large extent, a work only intervention – the aim is to support people in paid, mainstream jobs. Short-term training, volunteering and work placements can be included in IPS support, but IPS is not generally intended to support people more interested in longer-term training, volunteering or meaningful activity

The ‘work first’ approach challenges many of the more established education, training and employment (ETE) approach of employment as a post-treatment goal. The distinguishing feature of IPS is that employment support is provided alongside treatment by integrating an employment specialist within the treatment service as an equal member of the multi-disciplinary team. This establishes employment as a key aim of recovery and integral to the aims of treatment: that employment should be part of the recovery journey.

To achieve full integration of IPS within community drug and alcohol treatment it is not generally intended to support people more interested in longer-term training, volunteering or meaningful activity.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will need to demonstrate your experience working with people moving them into sustained employment, as well as strong employer engagement skills and the ability to develop positive employer relationships. You will need to be able to manage and support a caseload of participants and professionally challenge their barriers to employment. You should demonstrate your understanding of complex processed and procedures and the need for compliance. You will have experience motivating others and will be able to carry out one to one reviews and develop action plans. You will need the ability to work systematically and prioritise work as well as strong IT skills including Microsoft Office (Word & Teams). You will have experience working in a target driven environment and experience delivering services to meet contractual and quality standards.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest and for full job details, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to submit a CV, please consider attaching a covering letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

This role is set to close on Sunday 5th June at midnight. 

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Candidates ideally will be able to start immediately.