Employment professionals

If your profession involves you supporting job seekers or helping people remain in work, we can help you.

Information for employment professionals

Blind or partially sighted people should not be excluded from employment - nor should sight loss equal job loss.

If your profession involves supporting job seekers we can help you support these clients. We work with partners to deliver tailored employment solutions, and we have developed tools to help blind and partially sighted people find work.

We can also support welfare to work providers and those whose role involve helping blind and partially sighted people into work.

If you are an employer looking to take on a blind or partially sighted person, please take a look at our information on employing a blind or partially sighted person.

Guide for employment professionals

We have produced a guide outlining what good employment support for blind and partially sighted people looks like. We want to equip you with the knowledge, tools and confidence to support working age people with sight loss seeking to find or stay in work, and to ensure specialist provision is offered to all blind and partially sighted people.

Employment assessment toolkit

We have produced an assessment toolkit for employment professionals who work with blind and partially sighted people looking for work The Employment assessment toolkit will help professionals to gain a clear understanding of what a person's aspirations and abilities are in relation to employment, and what types of support and development are needed to help fulfil these.

Pre-employment programme

We have developed a manual for trainers to deliver a structured pre-employment programme for blind and partially sighted people requiring the development of skills to move closer to the labour market.

Watch our pre-employment video

Here is a short film which brings to life some of the work we are doing. We follow participants as they begin a group pre-employment programme and look at how individually tailored support can also help those in long term unemployment.

Watch our pre-employment video with subtitles on YouTube

Employment Practice and Research Network

The Employment Practice and Research Network (EPRN) has been established to support employers, researchers and employment professionals including disability management staff, in improving services for blind and partially sighted people wishing to obtain, and remain in, employment.

Job search toolkit

We have designed a Job search toolkit which aims to enable blind and partially sighted people to develop a variety of skills to help them get into work. It will be of use to employment professionals to help people identify their personal strengths and weaknesses whilst enhancing skills.

Standards and accreditation

Our Standards and accreditation section brings together qualifications, guidance and standards to help employment professionals.

Project Aspiro

Project Aspiro is a comprehensive career planning and employment resource produced by the World Blind Union. It includes career planning advice, information about education, profiles of people enjoying meaningful careers, and much more. There’s also a range of valuable information for friends and family, service providers, and employers. For further information visit the Project Aspiro website.

Accessibility at work Frequently Asked Questions

For advice on how to create large and clear print documents, and ensure that websites, Excel spread sheets, forms and Word documents are accessible, visit our Ask RNIB Accessibility at work FAQs.

RNIB Business

RNIB Business is dedicated to developing and delivering accessibility solutions for business, including training, consultancy, assistance for development projects and technology support.

Visit the RNIB Business website

Donate now

Right now we can only reach one in three of the people who need our help most. Please make a donation and help us support more blind and partially sighted people.

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