The Poppy Factory

Employability Consultant (S Yorkshire) - South Yorkshire

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Active since 01-03-2018 Job category Advice / consultancy
Location South Yorkshire Level Professional
Educational level Vocational / Diploma / As... Employment type Permanent contract
Hours 9 - 5 Salary £27,894.96 p/a or £28,914.96 p/...
We have an exciting opportunity for a quality driven, professional and highly motivated individual to join an established community based employability service working to Individual Placement & Support (IPS) principles.

Since 2010 The Poppy Factory employability service has facilitated over 950 job starts for Veterans (our clients) who experience some form of disability or 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.

Are you:

  • 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, including substance use disorders?
  • 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?
  • A good job developer, who is able to present yourself in a professional manner, a skilled listener interested in learning about other people and opportunities, and politely persistent?

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the principles of the Individual Placement & Support (IPS) model, and a sound track record of working with people with mental and physical health problems or disabilities, supporting them to gain and retain work, as well as employer engagement skills.

You will need excellent communication, prioritisation and caseload management skills. The role is home and field based so you will need to be self-motivated and comfortable with remote working, with the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with team and other colleagues.

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

Prior IPS experience would be a strong advantage, although training and support will be available.

Due to current client based operational needs in the North West region, on initial employment there will be a requirement for the post holder to work in the North West whilst also developing the employability service in the North East region over time.


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

  • A generous Company Pension scheme
  • Company-paid life assurance
  • Funding available for permanent employees to study for the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance & Development.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please download the application pack and prepare 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 Pete Rhodes, Employability Team Manager.

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

Closing date is midnight on Sunday 18 March, with interviews expected to take place in week commencing 2 April. Please note we cannot accept incomplete or late applications. 

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Pete Rhodes on 07468 476406.

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This listing is a full-time job

Job category Advice / consultancy
Industry / Industries Government / Non-profit
Region North East

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Name Charlotte Dymock