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East Lothian, EH41 3HA
£27,662 - £31,347 per year pro-rata
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37.5 hours per week

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. We have represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for almost 100 years. Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.

These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change. SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

For Scotland’s Mental Health

Post: Employability Specialist

Ref: REC1463

Location: National Employment Team (East Lothian)

Hours: 37.5

Salary: £27,662 - £31,347 Pay point 25 – Pay point 29

Contract: Permanent

About the Role

We deliver a diverse range of employability interventions including:

Individual Placement and Support (IPS): Co located and integrated within partner agencies such as Community Mental Health Teams or Drug and Alcohol Partnerships. Predominantly working to the IPS delivery model on a 1:1 basis with clients.

Step Up: Delivered in community venues such as community hubs and centres. Predominantly, a flexible delivery model with a mix of group and 1:1 work with clients .

Working in new employability services across East Lothian, you will manage a caseload of clients to assist them in securing sustainable paid employment, and/or other outcomes, as detailed within the Service Level Agreement. You will provide person centred advice and guidance to clients, whilst building positive relationships with local employers, referral and partner agencies.

You will work as part of and in collaboration with support services, maintaining positive and integrated relationships, fostering a holistic approach to recovery.

What we are looking for

Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with a range of people Essential

Ability to work independently and use initiative to develop and promote a service


Able to use IT and tools such as MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel


Experience of working with individuals on a one-to-one basis and in groups


Experience working in employment services supporting people to obtain or keep work Desirable

Experience/understanding of working with people with mental health problems, or a similar client group within health, social care or the voluntary sector Desirable

Experience and understanding of mental health and health inequalities and the impact these have on communities Desirable

An understanding of the employment needs, and challenges faced by people who experience labour market exclusion Desirable

Knowledge of the benefits system including disability related benefits


What we will provide for you

You will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with a full induction and training opportunities. You will be given the chance to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as develop professionally. Some of our benefits include;

• Funded PVG, Disclosure checks.

• Funded continuous learning and development opportunities, access to over 100 courses online in addition to classroom and virtual training sessions

• 30 days annual leave rising to 33 after 5 years’ service

• 4 public holidays

• 2 paid wellbeing days off per year to use on what matters to you.

• Team wellbeing budgets

• Workplace pension scheme

• Life Assurance policy

• Employee Assistance Programme

Closing date for applications will be Friday 26th April 12 noon.

To apply and for further information please visit;

PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of any qualifications declared in your application will be required.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties.

Please note we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive a high level of applicants and would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

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