New tasks through job coaching

If your state of health has deteriorated, you may not necessarily be able to return to your old job. Job coaching allows you to learn new tasks hands-on.

Who is job coaching a suitable option for and when?

Job coaching is one of the means of vocational rehabilitation. It allows you to learn new tasks by doing them. Job coaching is usually preceded by a work trial period. That gives both you and us the assurance that the new tasks suit your state of health.

The job coaching can take place at your current workplace or somewhere entirely new.

You and your employer together can tailor your job coaching to both your and your workplace’s exact needs and wishes. You can, for example, take courses or complete a partial qualification to acquire the skills required in your new tasks.

Job coaching usually lasts 6–12 months. Its exact duration depends on your work experience and competence and on how long it takes you to learn the new job.

Job coaching plan

When you have received from us a positive preliminary decision on vocational rehabilitation, consider whether job coaching could be an option for you.

Find out about any tasks available at your workplace that your state of health would allow you to do. Discuss job coaching in the occupational health-care consultation, for example. In the consultation, agree on the tasks you will be performing during your job coaching, your working hours, the guidance you will receive, your further training needs and the duration of the job coaching.

We will help you in planning your job coaching. You will be assisted by your own rehabilitation specialist and, if required, also by a career coach. Contact your rehabilitation specialist, if you need help in drawing up your rehabilitation plan. You can find the contact information of your rehabilitation specialist in your preliminary decision, which is available in our MyPension service under ‘My documents’. Read more about how we can help you in drawing up a rehabilitation plan.

Once your plan is ready, send it to us in our MyPension service. Read more about the rehabilitation plan.

Your income during job coaching

If your job coaching is unpaid, you will receive a rehabilitation allowance from us for its duration. You will receive it for a maximum of 1.5 years. We will also take out accident insurance for you and pay you travel allowances. Read more about travel allowances.

If you are paid a salary during your job coaching, your employer can apply for your rehabilitation allowance to be paid to him or her. The rehabilitation allowance to be paid to your employer can be no more than your salary. If your rehabilitation allowance is higher than your salary, we will pay you the difference between the rehabilitation allowance and the salary. In paid job coaching, your employer will take out accident insurance for you. We will not reimburse your travel costs incurred during paid job coaching, because you can deduct them in your taxation.

Job coaching agreement

When you have received our approval for your rehabilitation plan, make a job coaching agreement with your employer. The agreement is a form which your rehabilitation specialist sends to your employer by email. Return the agreement to us when your job coaching starts.

Include in the agreement

  • the contact details of your job coaching place
  • the dates and duration of the job coaching
  • your tasks
  • your working hours
  • information on any training you require
  • the amount of your salary and your employer’s account number if you are paid for the job coaching.

Once we have received the agreement and your job coaching has started, you will receive our decision on the rehabilitation allowance and we will start paying it to your account.

Objective: continuing at work

The objective of job coaching is for you to return to a job that is suitable for your state of health. In the best-case scenario, you will work in the same job after your job coaching. If your employer does not have the opportunity to offer you employment after the job coaching, you can receive support for finding employment through the TE services.