Employment that works Better
We are the only centre of excellence in Birmingham for IPS
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but people with long-term mental health problems are massively under-represented in the workplace. Better Pathways employment services provide the right kind of support for people with long-term mental health problems to find work that suits them with employers who will support them.
Individual Placement & Support (IPS) is a system designed to support people with severe mental ill health get into employment. It is a specialist employment service designed to support people back into paid work as quickly as possible. It offers individualised and intensive one to one help with job searching, interview skills, advice on disclosing health issues as well as in-work support for successful candidates and the employer. There are no exclusion criteria. Employment Specialists are based in clinical teams and work closely with health professionals to address any clinical issues preventing employment prospects.
Better Pathways – Employment is supported by both central and local government by a number of charitable trusts. We also provide employment opportunities within our own Social Enterprises.
We work with more than 800 clients each year, taking time to understand each person’s individual needs so that we can put the right programme together to support them to progress into employment. Sometimes that may include referral to our Education or Volunteering services. We will provide initial work experience placements within our Social Enterprises. Sometimes we will help a client polish up their CV and interview skills and introduce them to employers that we know are positive about working with people with mental health problems. It all depends on what support each person needs.
Our promise to our clients – we will support you every step of the way towards finding employment that works for you.
Our promise to employers – we will present candidates for interview that have the skills and experience for the vacancy that you have and we are only a phone call away if you want to chat anything through with us.
Our promise to our funders – we will provide excellent value for money and we will aim to exceed contractual expectations.