Employment Advisor Service

The Employment Advisor Service is individually tailored to meet the needs of people with stress, anxiety or depression. It helps to identify solutions to work-related issues.

Employment Advisors provide support and guidance to identify solutions to improve work-related concerns and enhance health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Who is the service for?

The service is offered to people who are referred to steps2change.

During the initial steps2change assessment, if employment issues are impacting on the person's mental health, they will be offered the opportunity to speak to an employment advisor.

They may be employed and struggling at work, or absent due to sickness or work related issues. The service is also open to those who are unemployed who feel they would benefit from individual and if appropriate, group support, to explore their current work situation. The service can help people to overcome the barriers to accessing employment.

Employment Advisors can:

  • Talk to you about your job and specific issues affecting you at work.
  • Help you to plan options and understand how they might work in practice.
  • Help you to think about returning to work if you are off sick.
  • Help you to think about what needs to change and what support you will need.
  • Provide advice, support and guidance in respect of difficulties at work.
  • Work alongside Occupational Health and/or Human Resources.
  • Identify other suitable organisations which provide employment-related advice.
  • Stay in touch with you during the early stages of your return to work or implementing your plan.

steps2change employment advisors support the person and sometimes the employer to make some reasonable adjustments. These can help manage and improve a person’s mental health at work. If the situation cannot be resolved, we can also support a person to find other employment or be ready for change when they feel the time is right.

Our team can also help you to find new employment. They can:

  • Help you to identify your employment goals by utilising your transferable skills and experiences.
  • Help you to build a CV and carry out a job search.
  • Help you to complete job applications and enhance your interview skills.
  • Help you to overcome the common barriers when commencing and or returning to employment.

A service user said:

"The Employment Advisor provided support and guidance to explore what I could do to make positive changes. They helped me to identify other potential employment prospects with a focus on a healthy work-life balance."

"I am truly grateful for all the support. Thank you!"

List of pages

Useful links

Acas website - Gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice.

Access to Work website - Can help you to get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability.

Benefits Calculator - Check if you could be entitled to Government benefits.

Citizens Advice website - Find out more about your rights and how to solve problems.

Direct.gov website - Government website with information about working, jobs and pensions.

HSE website - Help and information to keep people safe and healthy at work.

Mental Health at Work website - Ideas, examples, resources and guides about workplace mental health.

Mind website - Explains the laws which protect you from discrimination at work and where you can get support and advice.

Money Helper website - Free and impartial money advice from the Government.

National Careers Service website - Careers information, advice and guidance. This can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work.

NHS website - Returning to work after mental health issues

Accessibility tools

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