If you have a health condition or a disability that affects your ability to work, JobCentre Plus offers a service for disabled workers by putting them in touch with a Disability Employment Advisor (DEA). Whether you have just lost your job or have been out of work for a long time, a Disability Employment Advisor will help you to find work or to gain new skills for a job. They can help with work preparation, advocacy, recruitment, and even confidence building.
Disability Employment Advisors offer an employment assessment to find out what kind of work would suit you best. By taking an employment assessment, you will be able to more easily identify your strengths and abilities, and your advisor will be able to create a plan of action to help you meet your employment goals. To take an employment assessment you will first interview with your DEA and talk to them about any previous work experience, talents, skills, and employment goals.
The length of time an employment assessment takes varies on your individual needs and can last a half a day or longer. After your assessment, you will agree on a plan of action with your DEA, which may include training or taking part in a programme such as Access to Work or Work Choice. The Disability Employment Advisors can also provide referrals to work psychologists, if needed, for a more detailed employment asssessment.
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