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Vocational Evaluation – Transferable Skills Analysis

Vocational Evaluation – Transferable Skills Analysis

Labour Market Research

By: David Cohen MSW, RSW, RRP, CCRC, CRV,ABDA, D]

Jeff Cohen BA Psych, CRV-F, RVP

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When a person sustains a personal injury of any kind their life can change dramatically. One of the most difficult and personally devastating consequences of any accident and subsequent impairment is one’s inability to function within their pre-accident occupation or line of work. Often when people become displaced from their working lives as a result of an injury they are left to face significant challenges with respect to reintegrating into the workforce.

A Vocational Evaluation and Transferable Skills Analysis is a systematic process that seeks to address the issues surrounding one’s residual employability and economic loss. In this process a skilled vocational evaluator will spend time with the injured person where, in addition to extensively reviewing all medical and functional documents, and as well, analyzing their education, training, and work experiences, they will administer a series of psychometric test measures designed to objectively appraise their aptitudes, abilities, work personality traits, problem solving and learning skills and interests. Testing to this extent seeks to consider those factors that may support (or impede) an injured person’s chances of transitioning to alternate work. More specifically, test results should offer insight in to one’s work-related reasoning and learning potential, verbal and numerical competencies, academic development, and demonstrated interests etc. The cumulative result of the evaluation process in combination with the transferable skills analysis (i.e., the review of their education, training, and work history) should highlight one’s residual worker traits, discuss their strengths vs. their weaknesses, and establish a well-integrated, practical opinion as to where their worker traits might be best applied within today’s labour market in keeping with their residual impairments and restrictions.

Once this has occurred, residual work alternatives suitable for the injured person can be further delineated. Realistic opinions be can offered as to whether or not an injured person has the skills to become directly employed into alternate work (i.e., immediately employed with little or no skills upgrading), whether or not those jobs would offer the injured person a meaningful, sustainable and a commensurate rate of pay (as they have would have otherwise been accustomed had they not sustained an injury), and as well, whether or not the individual demonstrates the potential for alternate work but would first require the acquisition of additional skills upgrading (e.g., further education, training, or experience) to be competitively employed. Labour market research can then be conducted to further determine the existence, and availability of those jobs recommended within the client’s local labour market area, and, where possible, offer actual salary and pre-requisite information with respect to those jobs identified. Should retraining be required, research can also be conducted to identify duration and costs of related programming.

In conclusion, a Vocational Evaluation, Transferable Skills Analysis and Labour Market Search Report should offer a well integrated, practical opinion describing one’s residual worker traits and employability. It is a report that will not only identify whether or not a person demonstrates the potential for alternate work, but can also offer direction to a client seeking to mitigate their loss by considering where their skills might be residually suited in the future.

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