Eye Work Project

Almost 75 per cent of blind and partially sighted people of working age are unemployed.

This is compounded by the fact that blind and partially sighted people are more likely to leave school with less qualifications compared to their sighted peers. This makes it even more difficult to find a job or to move on to further education.

Eye work project

Following on from the success of our Employability and Skills project, the new Eye Work project has started, with one group in Belfast and another in Derry/Londonderry. Commitment to this project involves attending a series of Pre-Employment workshops. Each workshop runs for eight weeks and will focus on building and developing the skills needed to gain employment.

The topics covered include:

  1. Job search
  2. Application form development
  3. Interview technique.

During the workshops, participants will hear from a range of guest speakers which will include, blind and partially sighted people currently in employment and local employers.

You will also be given the opportunity to visit your local:

  • Job centre
  • Career service
  • Volunteer service bureau
  • Employers.

Work placements

Following the eight-week workshop, you will then obtain a work placement with a business or service in your area to gain vital work experience. At the same time you will have the opportunity to receive IT training from staff at RNIB NI and, either work towards a qualification, such as CLAIT, or simply just fill in gaps in your IT knowledge. Any assistive technology you might need to carry out your duties can be loaned to the employer by RNIB NI.

We have space for 20 applicants per year for this project so please do get in touch with us to find out more.

Contact us

Belfast:
028 9032 9373

Derry/Londonderry:
028 7136 6060
Email: employmentni@rnib.org.uk
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