In some instances, returning to work with the original employer is not possible. For these situations Carfi work with all key parties to identify the best alternative employment opportunities.
Vocational Assessments (VA)
We begin the process by conducting a Vocational Assessment. This involves an in-depth interview aimed at identifying realistic alternative employment options, which are in line with an individual’s work experience, qualifications, transferable skills, physical/psychological abilities, and linked to the job market. Once this is done we can recommend employers and jobs that have the right fit with the prospective employee’s skill sets.
Job Seeking Assistance (JSA) Program
A JSA Program is recommended when it’s not possible to return to work with the pre-injury employer and suitable alternatives have been identified during the VA. The JSA Programs equip injured workers with job seeking skills to find their new employer sooner.
Benefits of the JSA Programs include:
- Provide a comprehensive job seeker resource kit
- Develop job seeker plans
- Professional Resume development
- Develop Job Application Cover Letter templates
- Interview skills training
- Mock interviews
- Develop skills to access job vacancies via newspaper and internet
- Register with recruitment/job network agencies
- Submit applications for suitable positions
- Attend interviews and provide feedback on outcomes
- Cold canvassing prospective employers
- Focus on realistic new employment goals and occupations based on transferable skills
- Promote a collaborative approach in which both the individual and Carfi share responsibility for seeking and obtaining new employment
- Promote provision of incentive schemes to assist both the individual and the new employer
- Job placements are monitored for 13 weeks to ensure return to work in new employment has been successful and sustainable.
Vocational Re-education / Retraining
Sometimes we may recommend retraining to help an employee improve their chances of gaining employment. We identify courses that build upon previous work experience and transferable skills, rather than proposing a career re-direction. Retraining is a good option when all other return to work avenues have been exhausted and when the employees’ current skills are unlikely to attract new employment.
We provide vocational counselling to make injured employees aware of their work potential when job seeking. Vocational counselling is an important part of a rehabilitation program and we may recommend vocational counselling if the injured worker is uncertain about their job direction, appears unmotivated in searching for a job, is experiencing difficulties in securing or maintaining employment, or if there are significant barriers to employment which have been identified.