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9.5 Vocational Assessments
A vocational assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual's:
- vocational interests;
- tranferable employment and other skills;
- previous employment experience;
- qualifications, including those gained in the ADF; and
- functional and work capacity.
A vocational assessment can assist:
- injured workers looking to return to the workforce;
- people returning to the workforce after a considerable time;
- employment agencies to determine best fit for placements; and
- people unsure of their next career move.
The assessment needs to identify and recommend the following considerations that will allow the person to obtain realistic meaningful and sustainable employment:
- the person's individual vocational goals;
- their potential future employment options;
- re-training options, including further education;
- a labour market analysis of the client's local and regional area;
- any barriers to the client being able to undertake employment in their chosen field, such as their ability to pas a working with vulnerable people check; and
- any restrictions or limitations imposed by any medical conditions, not just those which have been accepted as service related, whcih the person is experiencing.