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Chapter 5: Customer Assessment Tool 
1.  This is an overview of the Customer Assessment Tool (CAT) and its 
application to Jobcentre Plus customers. It is designed to support the training 
in this technique that is provided by the Personal Adviser Learning Resource 
Centre accessed via the Learning Support Sites and Learning Centres page 
and the adviser routeway. It should be understood in the context of the Five 
Challenges to Work, the Work Targeted Interview structure, building 
commitment and the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) for Advisers. There 
is also additional advice for managers. 
2.  PAs use the CAT at the end of advisory interviews to record the evidence 
gained 
from work targeted interviewing about key attributes found to give 
customers the best chance of finding work. 
3.  The evidence gained is used by the adviser and customer to: 
  identify circumstances that make jobsearch and or sustained 
employment difficult (the management of personal circumstances and 
situations as they relate to a specific area of work).  
  concentrate advisory time and jobsearch resources on those areas 
where the customer needs more support. 
  monitor distance travelled over time, for example the progress a 
customer has made towards work.  
What is the CAT? 
4.  The CAT consists of 10 statements to be answered by the adviser 
supported by standards to help PAs give consistent judgements: 
  There is good evidence that the customer believes that they can work, 
find specific jobs, has the capability to do that job, and is confident of 
being able to gain and keep employment in that job.  
  There is good evidence that the customer has a specific and realistic 
job goal and specific alternatives. 
  There is good evidence that those specific goals are available in the 
local market.  
  There is good evidence that the customer has the knowledge, skills and 
experience to do that job. 
  There is good evidence that the customer is willing to carry out effective 
and sustained jobsearch. 
  There is good evidence that the customer has essential resources for 
sustained jobsearch. 
  There is good evidence that the customer is able to demonstrate their 
capability effectively to employers.  
  There is good evidence that the customer is able to present themselves 
effectively to potential employers. 
  There is good evidence that the customer is successfully managing, or 
has not got, any barriers to sustained employment.  
  There is good evidence that the customer could keep a job offered by 
an employer. 
5.  To help you decide an appropriate score with the customer, a set of 
standards is provided for each statement. These can be found in LMS via the 
[Info] button on the CAT or in Appendix 1. 

6.  The scoring system seeks to allow the PA some discretion whilst 
remaining fully evidence based, thus each of the statements can be judged as 
follows: 
  A/B – shows good evidence to support the statement. 
  C/D – shows some evidence to support the statement. 
  E/F – show little or no evidence to support the statement. 
7.  Work targeted interview generates the evidence needed to allow the 
adviser to answer the 10 statements. It does not replace work targeted 
interviewing as the structure for interviewing customers. Evidence is recorded 
in the Notes section of the CAT. 
8.  The adviser then uses this evidence and the standards to produce a profile 
of the customer’s strengths and weaknesses in looking for a job. The 
evidence is used to provide an answer to each statement. If there is 
insufficient evidence then the statement is scored accordingly until sufficient 
evidence has been gathered. 
9.  Answering these 10 statements will create a profile of the customer’s 
current situation. 
10. The CAT is NOT for customer use, it asks the adviser to assess the 
customer against a number of statements, such as 'There is good evidence 
that the customer has a specific and realistic job goal and specific alternatives' 
or 'There is good evidence that the customer is willing to carry out effective 
and sustained jobsearch' for example. 
Evidence and scoring of the CAT 
11.  The evidence will be gathered from high quality work targeted 
interviewing. Evidence must be something factual. This will then help you (and 
the customer) to form a judgement on how to score each statement. Most of 
the evidence will have been gathered during the interview, for example when 
evaluating the job goal, you will check if it matches with the customer’s skills, 
experience and qualifications. 
12. In addition you can gather evidence from LMS, claim forms and from what 
the customer says to you. 
13. The CAT standards detailed in LMS via the [Info] button on the CAT or in 
Appendix 1 are useful to help you work out what evidence might be used. 
14. For the score to be objective, it is vital it is based on evidence. 
15. The CAT is used to record how close the customer is to attaining the 
attributes required to give them the best chance of finding work. A letter 
indicator system is used to represent progress towards each attribute; “A” or 
“B” indicates that the customer has that attribute, “E” or “F” suggests that not 
having this attribute indicates circumstances that make jobsearch and or 
sustained employment difficult, “C” or “D” shows that the customer is making 
progress towards gaining the attribute. 
16. Once you have the evidence from work targeted interviewing, and 
completed the Notes section, use the CAT Standards to record (preferably 
agree with the customer) where they stand in relation to the 10 statements. 
Overall the profile should make sense of all the evidence gathered and 
recorded in the Notes section. 

Where there is no evidence 
17. If you do not have any evidence then record an “F” as no blanks can be 
left or the CAT cannot be completed and saved. 
Where the customer disagrees with the score 
18. Should the customer disagree with a score you have recorded against a 
statement, note this in the free text box indicating the evidence you based it 
on and the reason(s) the customer disagrees. Also write what letter the 
customer thinks should be written and why. 
Questionnaires 
19. These questionnaires are a useful aid for gathering information for 
evidence. The Quest1 is a basic questionnaire covering most areas on the 
Customer Assessment Tool. 
20. The additional In-depth Questionnaires which are grouped under the Five 
Challenges to Work headings are a question bank to assist PAs develop their 
own questionnaires tailored to their customer group. Copy questions from 
these to make a local bespoke questionnaire and ask your work psychologist 
to check it before using it with customers. 
Benefits of the CAT for PAs 
21. The CAT incorporates the following benefits for PAs: 
  provides evidence for Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) sections 4 
and 5. 
  supports achievement of the Benefit off-flow rates measure in the new 
Performance Management Framework. 
  provides evidence of quality interviews for the Adviser Development, 
Achievement and Performance Tool (ADAPT) and the Performance 
and Development System (PDS) and can be used for Caseload 
Management purposes.  
What is the benefit of reviewing the CAT?  
22. The CAT is a tool to help PAs. Customers will obviously find the profile 
interesting because it is about them but the key purpose of the tool is to help 
PAs marshal and review evidence efficiently and effectively. 
23. Reviewing a CAT profile before an interview with the customer can help in 
a number of ways - it can: 
  help to compare progress with previous profiles and so indicate the 
degree of progress being made. 
  highlight areas where more questioning is needed. 
  highlight where additional support might need to be addressed.  
  help you to plan the focus of the interview and develop appropriate time 
management: it provides a systematic way of identifying those 
customers that may need further support at an early stage.  
24. At the beginning of the interview look through the previous copy of the 
CAT with the customer. There is unlikely to be circumstances that make 
jobsearch and or sustained employment difficult where statements have been 

answered with ‘A’s or ‘B’s in, so concentrate your time on addressing those 
with ‘C’s, ‘D’s, ‘E’s and ‘F’s. 
25. The CAT provides a more evidential way of organising caseload reviews 
and QAF assessment. 
What are the benefits of the CAT for the customer? 
26. The CAT allows PAs to concentrate on the specific jobseeking needs of 
the customer, giving a more personalised customer service. The CAT record 
ensures consistency and records progress from one work focussed interview 
to the next, regardless of any staff changes, giving continuity for the customer. 
How else could I use the CAT information?  
27. The information on the CAT can be used in a number of ways. For 
example to: 
  identify circumstances that make jobsearch and/or sustained 
employment difficult. The PA can then concentrate resource on those 
areas in future interviews - i.e. in future interviews work out ways to 
deal with those areas that are marked C, D, E or F; 
  support action planning – helping the adviser to identify areas of 
greatest need and tailor support accordingly. This support is recorded 
on the action plan. Customer progress towards work will be reflected in 
the changing profile of repeated use of the CAT; 
  support job matching by concentrating job matching services on those 
customers most likely to find work (for example those with mostly As 
and Bs in each column); 
  support case conferencing as an extra tool to show progress (or lack of 
it) particularly amongst those with mostly Ds, Es and Fs in their profile. 
These customers may require more intensive support to overcome 
their problems and move closer to the labour market; 
  enable continuity following staff changes as new staff can check the 
customer’s progress to date; 
  support caseload management – PAs with more customers with mostly 
Ds, Es and Fs should have a smaller caseload than those with 
customers who have mostly As and Bs. In a similar way, caseloads 
can be built around individual adviser experience; 
  support adviser interviewing skill – some managers use the CAT, in 
conjunction with the QAF, as a way of discussing adviser skill and as a 
basis for discussing the action plans agreed with customers.  
What if the customer wants to know more about the CAT? 
28. At an appropriate point during the interview (after you have agreed a job 
goal/work area) introduce the customer to the CAT and explain what it is for. 
29. You may wish or need to reassure customers that the CAT is being used 
by you to: 
  record the evidence gained during the work-focussed interview. 
  list attributes found to be important when people are looking for work. 
  reflect your mutual agreement as to where the customer stands in 
relation to these attributes. 


  help you know where to concentrate resource and Jobcentre Plus 
services now and in future interviews. 
  create a profile against which you can monitor progress towards work 
(the process would need to be repeated at future interviews for you to 
do this). 
30. If they want a copy of the CAT they can ask you for it at any time.  
Where can I find the CAT and how do I complete it? 
31. The CAT can be found on LMS and the guidance in the following 
paragraphs will show you how to record details in the CAT LMS fields. 
Automatic prompts on LMS 
32. The prompt may appear depending on the interview being conducted but it 
may not. 
33. Users should consider using the CAT as appropriate, regardless of the 
interview being conducted or whether the prompt comes up or not. 
34. Use of the CAT is strongly recommended for all Work Focused Interviews 
(WFIs) where a Work Targeted Interview (WFI) structure has been adopted. 
User Prompt 
 
 
 
 
 
35. Clicking on [Yes] will halt the ‘End Interview’ process and the user will be 
able to manually select the CAT menu option (Ctrl+A) for its completion.  
36. Clicking on [No] will close the message and continue the ‘End Interview’ 
process. 
Note: The CAT is not mandatory for customers and they can request that 
information is not recorded on it, although the benefits of the CAT should be 
explained to the customer and its use encouraged. 
How do I access the CAT on LMS? 
37. The CAT can only be created or amended during an interview. To open 
the CAT: 
 start the interview 
  open the 'Function' menu on the 'Interview in Progress' window, and  
  select 'Customer Assessment Tool'. 
 


 
 
 
 
The ten CAT statements on LMS 
38.  The CAT opens at the first three statements in the assessment. The ten 
statements of the CAT are spread over four tabs. The fifth tab - 'Assessments' 
- provides a summary of previous assessments. 
39. The answers to the 10 statements help the adviser identify the customer's 
abilities when searching for, obtaining and keeping a job. These will help the 
adviser decide on the type of support the customer requires. Statement 10 is 
assessed in the same way as statements 1 - 9.  
40. The textbox on this tab is used to record the evidence gathered by PAs. 
This should be completed first. Having gathered and recorded the evidence, 
the PA can then create a profile of the customer’s strengths and weaknesses 
by answering each of the 10 statements that makes sense of the evidence 
gathered. It holds up to 600 characters (about 85 - 90 words). Evidence must 
always be recorded in this text box. 
Note: The text box relates to all statements and is not just related to 
statement 10.  
 



 
 
 
 
How do I record evidence in the CAT on LMS? 
41. The CAT is used to record the adviser’s assessment of the level of 
evidence the customer has provided in support of each of the statements.    
42. Detailed advice on how to assess the evidence for each statement is built 
into the CAT. The advice explains the type of evidence that is required for 
each level of assessment. To access the advice press the 'Info' button next to 
the statement. Selecting any part of the text of the statement can also open 
the advice window. The advice page can only be opened for one statement at 
a time. Select the 'Hide' button to return to the statements. 
 
 
 
 


 
43. The drop-down list to the right of each statement contains options A to F. 
A or B should be selected if there is good evidence; C or D if there is some 
evidence; or E or F if there is little or no evidence. 
44. All of the statements must be answered before the Customer Assessment 
can be saved. When the 'Save' button is selected LMS checks that each 
statement has an answer. If not a screen message lists any outstanding 
statements. 
45. When the new Customer Assessment is saved the details are added to the 
assessment tab. The Customer Assessment can be amended if necessary, 
but only while the interview is in progress. It cannot be amended once the 
interview has been ended. 
46. Customer  Assessments  can be printed after they have been saved. If 
there is more than one assessment, the ‘CAT Print Options' sub-window 
opens which gives the option to either print the current assessment or print all 
of the assessments. 
 
 
How do I amend data in the CAT on LMS? 
47. It will only be possible to execute 1 assessment per interview, however it 
will be possible to amend a completed assessment if the interview has not 
ended. 
How do I review the CAT on LMS? 
48. At the beginning of the interview look through the previous answers to the 
statements, and supporting evidence, with the customer. There is unlikely to 
be circumstances that make jobsearch and or sustained employment difficult, 
where statements have been answered with ‘A’s or ‘B’s in, so concentrate 
your time on addressing those with ‘C’s, ‘D’s, ‘E’s and ‘F’s. 
49. When reviewing an assessment, if no evidence was gathered to show that 
there has been a change since the last interview, copy the letter from the last 



interview. If there has been a change select the new letter and record the 
evidence in the text box. 
How do I review previous Customer Assessments on LMS? 
50. Customer Assessments can only be created or amended during an 
interview. The option to create a new assessment or amend an old one is not 
available when the Customer Assessment Tool is opened from the Client 
Details window. However, it is possible to view and print the three most recent 
assessments outside of an interview. 
51. To launch the assessment results the user will select the ‘Customer 
Assessment Tool’ option from the ‘Other Function’ as shown below. 
 
 
52. On selecting this option the CAT will launch and default to the 
‘Assessment’ tab as shown below. 
 
 
53. The answers to the most recent Customer Assessment are still recorded 
on each of the 'Statement' tabs. Selecting the 'Notes 1' hotspot opens the 

‘Notes text-box for the latest assessment. Selecting the 'Notes 2' or 'Notes 3' 
hotspots opens text from previous assessments. 
54. The text is presented in a pop-up window, along with the date of the 
relevant Customer Assessment. Selecting the 'Hide' button will close the 
window. It is not possible to select any of the tabs while the pop-up window is 
open. 
55. Only three Customer Assessments are stored on the CAT, so PAs must 
print off previous assessments before starting the fourth assessment or 
information will be lost. 
Contingency arrangements 
56. Should LMS become unavailable PAs should use the Clerical Records 
Table in Appendix 1 to complete a clerical Customer Assessment, populating 
the table and additional information text box. 
57. This information should be retained within the clerical records. At the next 
interview the CAT will be available and the PA must record the following 
information in the free text box: 
  that a clerical assessment is held. 
  date of previous clerical assessment. 
  the scores for each statement.  
Note: The PA will not be able to record the scores or text from the clerical 
assessment directly on to the CAT as only one assessment can be recorded 
per interview. 
Data Protection Act/Freedom of Information 
58. The Data Protection Act applies to all Jobcentre Plus business, in 
particular information recorded throughout the advisory process much of 
which is sensitive. The specific requirements of the Data Protection Act that 
apply to the Customer Assessment Tool are: 
  we must explain to the customer why we complete the CAT. 
  the customer must consent to the adviser using the CAT. 
  the information on the CAT can only be used in the normal advisory 
process to help the customer get back to work. 
  the evidence used to decide the letter indicators must be up to date and 
accurate. 
  any paper copies of the CAT must be stored in the Labour Market Unit 
in a secure place. 
  the CAT must be destroyed two years after the customer’s claim ends. 
59. If a customer wants a copy of the CAT they can ask you for it at any time 
and the PA must provide it. 
60. More information can be found by clicking Data Protection Principles or for 
more general information click Data Protection Act. 

 
Appendix 1 – The CAT Standards 
Statement 1 
There is good evidence that the customer believes that they can work, 
find specific jobs, has the capability to do that job, and is confident of 
being able to gain and keep employment in that job. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
Believe they can work/there are jobs they can do in the area. 
Is positive about finding work and has specific job objectives. 
Customer has a creative, positive and realistic work focus that gives new or 
alternative options. 
Believe they can successfully get and keep a job. 
Customer is committed to finding work - doesn’t leave it all to the adviser. 
Thoroughly investigated job goals or steps to a job. 
Created an effective and efficient plan for finding and keeping a job. 
Maintain a positive and realistic focus bearing in mind any difficult social, 
personal or financial circumstances. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Pessimistic about ability to work/not sure if there are any jobs they can do in 
the local area. 
Identified barriers to finding and keeping work, which makes them pessimistic 
about their ability to work. 
Unfocussed ambitions, which need to be clarified and worked through. 
Believe it will be difficult to get/keep a job because of personal/financial 
circumstances. 
Some picture of what is needed to return to work. 
Little or no confidence in their ability to apply for specific jobs. 
Pessimistic about their chances of retaining a job. 
Willing to try and manage difficult circumstances but not very positive about 
their chances of success. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Believe they cannot/will never work again/there are no jobs they can do in the 
area. 
No clear job goal or work focused goal. 
Given little or no thought to the area of work they are looking for. 
Given minimal evaluation of job goals or work prospects. 
Little or no exploration of relevant job options in the local area. 
Believe they cannot get/keep a job because of their problems
Not taken responsibility for finding work - blames Adviser, situation, 
circumstances health etc. 
Poorly focused planning for getting and keeping a job. 
An unhelpful third party view of their situation (e.g. medical) that undermines 
their ambitions. 
Believe that their personal/domestic/financial circumstances will prevent them 
for keeping their chosen job. 

Statement 2 
There is good evidence that the customer has a specific and realistic job 
goal and specific alternatives. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
Clear, specific and realistic goal established. 
Job goals are clear and focused. 
Customer has identified an alternative realistic job goal (if they cannot achieve 
their main job goal). 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Identified job goals or work focused goals but these are general and more 
need focus. 
Explored alternative job goals and implications but with little or no use made 
of LMI, barriers, etc that would make them realistic and achievable. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Completely unrealistic/no job goals.  
Customer has not identified any alternative realistic job goal. 
Statement 3 
There is good evidence that those specific goals are available in the 
local market. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
Customer's knowledge of local labour market is extensive and accurate. 
Customer's job goals are realistic given local labour market and their personal 
circumstances, for example hours of work and transportation. 
Customer's wage expectations of chosen job can be met in local labour 
market. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Customer's knowledge of local labour market is patchy but adequate. 
Customer's job goals could be met in local labour market but will require 
intensive jobsearch activity. 
Customer's job goals can be met with some support to help with personal 
circumstances. 
Customer's wage expectations cannot be met, but customer willing to 
consider modifying expectations, or consider change of job goal. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Customer's knowledge of local labour market is poor and/or inaccurate. 
Customer's job goals cannot be met in local labour market. 
Customer's job goals cannot be met in their local labour market given their 
personal circumstances. 
Customer's wage expectations for their chosen job cannot be met in local 
labour market. 
Statement 4 
There is good evidence that the customer has the knowledge, skills and 
experience to do that job. 


Good Evidence (A or B) 
Complete match between skills, experience, qualifications held and the usual 
requirements for chosen the job goal.  
The customer has evidence to show that they have a level of literacy or 
numeracy appropriate to the job they want.  
Has recent (last 6 months) work experience relevant to the job they are 
applying for. 
Customer has evidence that they have obtained (in the last 12 months)/are 
working towards a qualification now that will help them with their chosen job 
goal. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Partial match with the usual requirements of the chosen job goal. 
Level of Literacy and numeracy not appropriate to the job customer wants but 
they are working towards/capable of overcoming this.  
Has some relevant work experience present for the chosen job goal. 
Evidence that customer is keen to work towards a qualification that will help 
them with their chosen job goal, but needs some support to do this. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Total mismatch between skills, experience and qualifications and usual 
requirements of the chosen job goal. 
No evidence to show customer has a level of literacy or numeracy appropriate 
to the job they want. 
Has no recent work experience that is relevant to the usual requirements of 
the job. 
No evidence that customer is working/wants to work towards a qualification 
now that will help them with their chosen job goal. 
Statement 5 
There is good evidence that the customer is willing to carry out effective 
and sustained jobsearch. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
There is evidence that the customer has been searching for work, are looking 
for jobs regularly with the right employers and have a realistic chance of 
getting the jobs. 
They take/are willing to take responsibility for planning and organising their 
own job search. 
Customer is active in making speculative approach and following up job leads 
to potential employers. 
Customer carries on looking for jobs even if they get turned down. 
Evidence that family and friends are supportive of customer's job goals. 
Evidence available that the customer is able and willing to accept a job offer 
and start work within a reasonable period of time. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Some evidence of search for work but requires encouragement/support - 
customer has evidence of efforts to find work but Job search skills are limited.  
Willing to plan and organise self but doesn’t know how to. 

Can be persuaded to make speculative approaches/follow up job leads - 
needs some support/encouragement to do this. 
Discouraged by failure but willing to continue trying - may want support when 
they encounter failure.  
Family and friends indifferent to choice of job goals. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
No evidence that the customer has been searching for work. 
Tends to take no personal responsibility for job search activity, waits to be 
organised/contacted. 
Reluctant to make speculative approaches, follow up advice or job leads. 
Customer has stopped looking for jobs due to being turned down. 
Family and friends oppose choice of job goals. 
Customer is unable or unwilling to accept a job offer and start work within a 
reasonable period of time. 
Statement 6 
There is good evidence that the customer has essential resources for 
sustained jobsearch. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
There is evidence that the customer knows where to find out about and apply 
for the work they seek. 
The customer is aware of employment agencies and other forms of customer 
support. 
There is evidence that the customer has carried out a successful jobsearch in 
the last 2 years - past work history may indicate how well they can carry out a 
jobsearch. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Some knowledge about where to find out about their chosen job and how to 
apply but would benefit from additional support. 
Some awareness of the types of support available. 
Has carried out Jobsearch in last 2 years but encountered difficulties securing 
a job. 
May need support with current jobsearch. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Does not know where to find out about the work they seek and/or how to 
apply. 
Not aware of the types of support available to help them with their jobsearch. 
No evidence of successful jobsearch in last 2 years. 
Statement 7 
There is good evidence that the customer is able to demonstrate their 
capability effectively to employers. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
Evidence to show that they can produce a good quality CV/application. 
CV/application shows that they can perform the tasks of their specific job goal. 
Has evidence of appropriate references for their specific job goal. 

Evidence that the customer can independently approach employers for their 
chosen job and make a good case for getting the job. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Has relevant work experience (that demonstrates they can perform the tasks 
of their specific job goal) but quality of CV/application could be improved. 
Wants to approach employers independently, but needs support to help them 
understand how to do this. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Unable to produce/no experience of producing CV.  
No work experience to demonstrate that they can perform the tasks of their 
specific job goal. 
No appropriate references held. 
Customer reluctant to independently approach employer. 
Statement 8 
There is good evidence that the customer is able to present themselves 
effectively to potential employers. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
Evidence that they are able to promote their skills/experience (Jobcentre Plus 
interviews are a good indicator). 
A clear understanding of their personal abilities in relation to work and can sell 
these. 
Confident - Focused on ability not difficulty. 
The customer has evidence that they have a good past record of success of 
gaining employment. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Have some ability to promote their skills/experience, but this needs to be 
developed. 
Marketable resources but don't know how to sell themselves or make the 
most of their resources. 
Some success at gaining work, but improve this with support/help. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Poor ability/have not considered promoting their skills/experience to 
employers.  
Little or no confidence in their abilities and how to sell themselves. 
Poor track record of gaining employment. 
Statement 9 
There is good evidence that the customer is successfully managing, or 
has not got, any barriers to sustained employment. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
Social and Personal circumstances will not affect customer's ability to 
gain/keep their chosen job. 
Social and Personal circumstances are: 
- Drug/alcohol related problems. 
- Criminal record. 

- Health/Disability. 
- Domestic circumstances - childcare etc. 
- Housing/accommodation issues. 
Financial circumstances will not affect their ability to gain/keep their chosen 
job. 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Is working to overcome any Social and Personal circumstances preventing 
them gaining/keeping a job, or is willing to accept help in doing so. 
Social and Personal circumstances are: 
- Drug/alcohol related problems. 
- Criminal record. 
- Health/Disability. 
- Domestic circumstances - childcare etc. 
- Housing/accommodation issues. 
Is working to overcome any financial circumstances/needs preventing them 
gaining/keeping a job, or is willing to accept help in doing so. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Has Social and Personal circumstances to address before gaining/keeping 
their chosen job. 
Social and Personal circumstances are: 
- Drug/alcohol related problems. 
- Criminal record. 
- Health/Disability. 
- Domestic circumstances - childcare etc. 
- Housing/accommodation issues. 
Has a financial circumstance to address before gaining/keeping their chosen 
job. 
Statement 10 
There is good evidence that the customer could keep a job offered by an 
employer. 

Good Evidence (A or B) 
Evidence that the customer's previous last job lasted more than 6 months. 
Evidence that customer is realistic about employer attitudes and requirements 
(Jobcentre Plus interviews are a good indicator). 
Some Evidence (C or D) 
Previous job lasted less than 6 months due to personal/social/financial 
problems.  
Willing to work towards addressing problems to prevent reoccurrence. 
Some evidence that customer realistic about employer attitudes and 
requirements.  
Is willing to take on board new information about the world of work. 
Little/No Evidence (E or F) 
Last job only lasted a few weeks due to personal problems/ social/ financial 
problems.  
Unwilling to address these problems. 
Has no realistic appreciation of employer attitudes or requirements. 

Clerical Records Table 
The following tables can be used as a clerical record should LMS become 
unavailable: 
EVIDENCE (record in Additional information) 
The Customer Assessment Tool Table 
Statement Number 
Profile (A-F) 
Statement 1 
   
Statement 2 
   
Statement 3 
   
Statement 4 
   
Statement 5 
   
Statement 6 
   
Statement 7 
   
Statement 8 
   
Statement 9 
   
Statement 10 
   
Additional information – all evidence must be recorded before attempting to 
profile 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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