Employment support

RNIB Scotland supports blind and partially sighted people in finding work, and helps those already in work to retain their jobs.

Challenging misconceptions

Currently, 66 per cent of registered blind and partially sighted people of working age aren’t in employment. Alarming but hardly surprising, given surveys have found that many employers thought this group would be difficult or even impossible to employ.

But such attitudes are often based on misconceptions of what people with sight loss can do, and a lack of awareness of the help in place to meet any additional costs, such as the government’s Access to Work scheme.

Who we help

Our Employment and Learning team can provide help for the following

  • for job-seekers we offer skills assessment, vocational guidance and training, including experience in using the latest assistive technology
  • for employees, we can support them and their employer to retain their skills and experience in the same or an alternative job
  • for employers, we can advise on how best to support workers with sight loss, and provide printed information, such as job-descriptions, in alternative formats such as audio or braille

Our Employment and Learning Centre, Edinburgh

Our Employment and Learning Centre in Edinburgh helps adults with sight problems to secure the best possible employment opportunities.  The facilities include computers with accessible software which can be booked for job-seeking purposes and to practice IT skills.  We also provide training courses which aim to boost job-seeking skills and confidence.  Staff are available to offer support on job-related matters or technology queries.

The Centre is based at

RNIB Scotland Employment Learning Centre
Jewel and Esk College
24d Milton Road East
EH15 2NJ

For more information, please call us on 0131 657 8200 or email us at elc@rnib.org.uk.

Learning and Development Centre, Glasgow

At our Glasgow centre, we can assist blind and partially sighted people to use adaptive software to access computers.  After meeting with you to s understand your training needs, we arrange either group or individual computer training. Help is also available on subjects such as writing CVs to job-interview skills.  We have also developed a bespoke call centre handling training package.

The Learning Development Centre is based at

RNIB Scotland
Centre for Sensory Impairment
17 Gullane Street
G11 6AH.

For more information on our Learning and Development Centre, contact us on 0141 276 9804.  We also offer consultancy services to help organisations which employ blind and partially sighted people. This includes training in disability awareness and access to technology.  We also offer individual job-seekers and employees work-focused guidance interviews and advice about rehabilitation, training and specialist equipment.

For more information on Employment Consultancy, contact elscotland@rnib.org.uk

Technology consultancy

Our technology specialists advise people with sight loss and their employers on all aspects of using technology in employment, learning and daily living. We offer group and one-to-one training on a wide range of equipment and software, including

  • video magnifiers
  • electronic reading aids
  • magnification and screen-reader software
  • computer systems
  • notetakers
  • braille technology

For more information on technology consultancy, contact elscotland@rnib.org.uk.

Focus on Employability, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council was the first local authority in the UK to fund specialist employability services targeted at reducing unemployment among blind and partially sighted people. This service provides training and assistance for unemployed people, employers and employment agency staff.

For further details, please call 0141 276 9800.

Our Aberdeenshire project

Our team here engages with individuals of working age with sight loss within Aberdeenshire.  We work with employers and other voluntary, public and private sector organisations to raise awareness of people with sight loss.  We also provide skills assessment and job-seeking support to blind and partially sighted people to help them move into jobs or closer to the labour market.

For more information on our services in Aberdeenshire, please call us on 0131 657 8200.

Welfare to work programmes

We support the delivery of government Welfare to Work programmes in most areas of Scotland.  We work with Ingeus, supporting their delivery of the Work Programme, and with Shaw Trust in their delivery of Work Choice.

For more information on how we can support you in job-seeking, contact us on 0141 276 9800 or 0131 652 3140.

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