South Yorkshire Housing Association’s purpose is for our customers to settle at home, live well and realise their potential.

Salary: £23,613 - £25,118 per annum, pro rata

Employment Type: Permanent Position

Contract Hours: Full and part time roles

DBS Required? Yes

ECU Payable? Yes

Job Location: In the community


The Good Work Team at South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) are looking to recruit a diverse range of talented individuals with the transferable skills to join us as community-based Employment Specialists.


Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we! We employ great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it helps us to provide the best possible service and make progress towards our aim, to be as diverse as the customers that we support.


There’s no need to have worked in the employment sector or to be the ‘finished article! We’ll provide all the training and support you need to provide exceptional individual support to customers facing barriers, and help them into sustainable paid work.


We offer our employees a rewarding and flexible role within a diverse, inclusive, and friendly team, with a competitive salary and a fantastic package of benefits.


But don’t just take our word for it!


Have a look at this short video introducing some of our workforce and give Joseph Flynn (Senior Employment Specialist) a call on 07471992468 for a chat about the role, or to request a call back from one of our Diversity Champions.


Our friendly team of champions have a wealth of experience working in the employment industry and are passionate about advocating the rights of people from underrepresented groups.


They’d love to share their unique experiences and give you some honest insights to help with your decision to apply.


Our employment benefit package includes:


- A starting salary of £23,613, plus Essential Car User allowance paid at £94.36 per month, and additional mileage payments (dependent on holding a full driving licence and access to a vehicle)

- A generous pension

- The option to choose between full and part time hours

- Flexible working arrangements (including hybrid working, flexi time and condensed hours) to encourage a healthy work life balance

- A generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days plus all statutory bank holidays and an additional 4 bonus (SYHA) days (That’s 31 days plus bank holidays in total!)

- Access to our corporate benefits package including a shopping discount scheme, employer paid Westfield Health Plan, discounted counselling sessions (for if you ever need some support), huge discounts at a variety of local gym’s and much more.

- Access to a wide range training programmes to complement your plans for personal and professional development. 


For more information about our range of benefits, please visit the Your Wellbeing and Feeling at Home pages on our careers site.


Our service and what you’ll be doing:


We’re an employment service (working within SYHA) recognised as Excellent by the Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Individual Placement Support (IPS) and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund to deliver various supported employment programmes across the region. Our main aim is to ‘Place then Train’ and all our programs are based on IPS, which is proven to be twice as effective as traditional approaches.


You can find out more about IPS here.


Our programs will involve working in an integrated way with health and employment partners, including GPs, social prescribing, Musculoskeletal services, physios, pain clinics and employers.


We also work with local Housing Associations and other Community Organisations and Trusts, as well as local Job Centre Plus sites.


As an Employment Specialist, you will undertake rapid job search with customers, developing links within the community to source individualised employment opportunities. You will coach customers in important work skills and provide up to 13 weeks of in-work and in-learning support to sustain outcomes.


Who we’re looking for:


Are you looking for a career change or to develop your skills within the employment sector, and are you:


- Good at engaging a variety of people?

- Flexible, adaptable and able to think on your feet?

- Passionate about helping others?

- Confident using IT?


Our ideal candidate is a people person willing to learn about Individual Placement (Employment) Support, who would enjoy working and interacting in the community, and is able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and empower them to make positive long-term changes to their lives.


It would be desirable for you to hold a full valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work, however we’re happy to discuss your individual circumstances relating to this area.


If you’re interested in this role, please read the full job description and person spec before you apply.


Who are SYHA:


South Yorkshire Housing Association’s purpose is for our customers to settle at home, live well and realise their potential.


Feeling settled and living well means different things to the people and families that live across South Yorkshire. So, we work with people in different ways – from our extra-care housing, to providing services and opportunities that individuals can access in their home, workplace and community, to creating houses for affordable rent.


Our employees enable us to create the best services, support, and experiences for our customers. We believe that difference makes us better, and that our services are made stronger by having a diverse workforce. We encourage and welcome applications from all backgrounds.


Please note that we may remove this advert prior to the advertised date, dependent on the level of response received. Please apply at your earliest convenience.


For the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 this is an excluded job.


For an Informal Discussion Contact: Joseph Flynn, 07471992468


To apply visit  


Closing Date: 18 August 2022


Interview Dates: 25 and 26 of August 2022


You’ll only be required to attend on one of the days, but please make sure you’re available for both and we’ll be in touch with more details after the closing date.


South Yorkshire Housing Association
Up to 37 hours per week - Full-time and part-time roles
Closing Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2022
£23,613 - £25,118 per annum, pro rata