Employment advisers work in mental health services. They provide support to adults and young people who have mental health issues to help them find, retain or return to employment.
Training and qualifications requiredThere are no set entry requirements to become an employment adviser. However, some employers may ask for a qualification in healthcare and/or relevant experience and some may require you to hold an undergraduate degree in areas such as health or social care. You will have an induction programme, including specialist training and you may have ongoing training to keep your skills and knowledge up to date.
Expected working hours and salary rangeThe standard working hours are 37.5 hours a week, but you may sometimes be required to work outside the hours of 9am and 5pm. Employment advisers in the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system. You may start on a band 3/4/5 depending on job location and experience.
Desirable skills and valuesYou will need excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with a range of people, including employers. You will need to be able work well within a multidisciplinary team and have a good understanding of mental health issues.
ProspectsYou could progress to becoming a senior employment adviser or the team leader of a group of employment advisers, or apply to train as a mental health nurse, social worker, or to pursue a further career in psychological therapies, for example as a psychological wellbeing practitioner.
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