Workplace needs assessments
A workplace needs assessment considers how dyslexic or other difficulties are affecting performance in a specific job. It will identify training needs and also ways in which an employer can give help and support.
The workplace needs assessment report will include recommendations for all of the following:
- A detailed training programme which covers all aspects of literacy which are directly related to the job in question – for example, research skills, writing emails or reports, reading technical manuals. General work skills will also be covered, e.g., dealing with job interviews or work reviews, contributing to meetings, understanding instructions, time management, organisational skills. An initial training programme should ideally be around 30 hours spread over a period of at least three months.
- A detailed list of IT recommendations, and specific advice on how the IT training can be carried out in a manner suitable for a dyslexic learner.
- Detailed recommendations to the employer about what actions they can take to support the programme, e.g., allowing time off work for training, providing a quiet workspace, etc.
The needs assessment report will be written in a clear jargon-free style, and will be in a format which allows it to be used in applications for Access to Work funding for training and equipment.