FEAT is seeking an Employment Specialist to use the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach, working in partnership with Fife Health & Social Care and with clients with complex and enduring mental health conditions across Fife. IPS is a proven way of helping people, who have had mental ill health, back to work.
The successful candidate will proactively manage a caseload of individuals who are unemployed and/or currently off work. You will deliver the IPS evidence-based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with complex and enduring mental health problems. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the individual, NHS Fife, Fife Council, GPs, employers, colleges, Job Centre Plus and Occupational Health to enable individuals to gain and retain employment.
For this period of funding, the role will mainly be done virtually, with collaborative technology being used to ensure that a minimum of 65% of your time is spent working with clients, employers or referrers. Although working remotely, there is an expectation of occasional essential travel for face-to-face engagements within Fife. You will undertake to agree to and practise in line with FEAT’s professional guidelines and will be part of an enthusiastic dynamic team offering an inclusive, non-judgmental approach to support and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life.
FEAT require all client-facing staff hold, or have a commitment to holding, professional registration as a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) through attainment of the NIDMAR qualification. There is an opportunity to complete this requirement through funded training and subsidised membership, once in post (subject to availability, terms and conditions).
FEAT are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer and encourage applications from all members of the community including disabled applicants. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group, but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our organisation we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.
MCR Pathways is a transformational secondary school mentoring and talent development programme supporting care-experienced (CE) young people (including those previously), and other vulnerable young people experiencing disadvantage (for example those with a social worker or on the periphery of the care-system) to realise their full potential through education.
MCR was founded to reverse the education and life-chances outcome gap that exists between CE young people and their peers, and to achieve equality of educational outcomes, career opportunities and life chances for all young people. Focused on need, not label. Developed with and by young people over the past 14 years, MCR’s programme dramatically improves educational achievement, wellbeing and post-school destinations.
At its heart, MCR’s model is relationship-based mentoring that has evolved into an integrated programme supporting primary school transition and delivering weekly group work in S1 and S2. Young people from S3 upwards are carefully matched with a volunteer, trained mentor to meet one-to-one on a weekly basis. Young people also have the opportunity to access an offer of employment, college and university experiences.
MCR young people tell their stories far better than us. Hear them in their own words in these short films of young people who have participated in the programme, reflecting on how mentoring has helped them create better futures for themselves:
We currently work with 72 schools across Scotland and are delighted that the Scottish government has recently announced £19.4 million funding to bring the programme to every secondary school in Scotland. These are really exciting times and we are looking for an exceptional Programme Manager to lead programme implementation and manage our school-based Coordinators across a group of Fife schools.
The role is an exciting and varied one. As part of our Education & Schools team, you will lead the regional team of school Pathways Coordinators and be supported by our Mentor Services, Marketing and Digital teams.
For this role, you’ll need to be relentlessly driven to ensure all care-experienced and disadvantaged young people in the region are supported to find, grow and use their individual talents and that their education, employment choices and life chances outcomes are maximised. You’ll have experience of managing a team, be highly organised and ambitious to ensure all young people in scope have the opportunity to access the YST Fife programme.
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