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Employment Specialist (Ref: ESPCC)

Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices, Floor 1, Core 1 plus Outreach Locations (please see advert)

Band 7, £29,777 to £ 33,945 per annum (pro-rata if taking a part time role)

Contact: Should you require any support in completing the application form please contact

Vacancy Reference: ESPCC

Closing Date: 25/02/2024

Contract Type: Fixed Term (1 year. Flexibility and use of transport essential)

Hours: 37 per week (Full and part time posts available)


Employment Specialist via Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire, United Kingdom


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Locations: Outreach Locations including:

Area 1 - Basingstoke, Andover, Aldershot 

Area 2 - Winchester, Eastleigh, New Milton (New Forest)

Area 3 - Isle of Wight 


You will be based in one of the 3 areas however you will be required to attend the Civic Offices, Portsmouth city council, Portsmouth on occasions.


Please indicate in your covering letter which area you are interested in. 

DBS Disclosure at basic level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. 


The Service 

Portsmouth City Council's Employment, Learning and Skills delivers a wide range of DWP, ESFA and ESF funded programmes.  The programmes we work on provide support to residents within local communities; many of whom are either long term unemployed, have a disability or health condition, including mental health issues, or have other barriers as to why gaining sustained employment is proving to be a challenge.  Services include relevant interventions for young people and other excluded or vulnerable groups to provide local communities with an inclusive workforce.   

Your New Role

Working within Portsmouth City Council's IPS 'Individual Placement and Support' model contract, the role will include managing a caseload of clients in structured treatment for drug and / or alcohol use; to assist them in securing sustainable paid employment in line with their preferences. You will deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach (for which training will be given); providing person centred advice and guidance to clients, whilst building positive relationships with local employers to enable clients to move into suitable employment.

You will work as part of a community drug & alcohol treatment service, maintaining positive and integrated relationships, fostering a holistic approach to recovery through employment support. IPS is a 'work first' intervention designed to support people into sustained employment. 

Who is the person?

You will have experience of talking to employers and helping people into work.  You will conduct employer engagement to negotiate job opportunities that meet each individual's strengths, needs, abilities and preferences. You will be able to manage and support a caseload of clients and review progress, pre and post-employment.  You will also have the proven ability to build rapport with people and especially understanding issues for people affected by substance misuse or similar conditions.

You will maintain an equality & diversity approach at all times.

You will have the ability to work on own initiative and within a team, flexibility to cope with the varying demands of the role and be driven to succeed and set high personal standards so that targets are met.


Special Conditions 

  • Driving Licence and use of a car for business travel is required - this is because you will be regularly visiting employers, work placements hosts and customers to carry out employment engagement, placement host reviews and customer in work reviews as well as on occasion to accompany clients to interviews 
  • Due to the diversity of our customer base, the need for regular one to one meetings and the flexibility required in delivering our contracts a basic DBS Check will be required. 


What you'll get in return

We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society. 

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potential with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

  • A generous pension scheme
  • 27 days annual leave rising to 31 days after 5 years service plus bank holidays, pro rata for part time with the potential to purchase additional leave.
  • Flexible working 
  • A range of retail discounts via our reward portal offering discounts at popular highstreet retailers.
  • Free Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and wellbeing support
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships
  • Business travel support and initiatives, including bike loans

Please check out the link here to view the benefits of working with us!


What Next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please download the Job Profile HERE to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role.

When completing your application please upload a cover letter covering the ‘Who is the person' points on the job profile giving examples of your experience and any transferrable skills. You are unlikely to be shortlisted if you do not include this.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Should you require any support in completing the application form please contact

We will email applicants from time to time; please ensure you check e-mail folders as sometimes our e-mails may go into spam/junk folders.

Please note this role is with Portsmouth City Council



Closing Date: 25 February 2024