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

We can help you better support clients with sight loss. We work with partners to deliver tailored employment solutions, and we have developed tools to help blind and partially sighted people find work. We 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.

Supporting your clients with sight loss

At RNIB, we have developed a range of tools and guidance to help support you to recruit and retain people with sight loss. We have collated some of the key things you need to know to offer high quality support for blind and partially sighted clients looking for employment. 

Find out more about supporting your clients

 

Visual Awareness E-Learning for employment professionals

Do you want to know more about sight loss?  Does your team help people with sight loss to find work?  Our "Understanding Sight Loss for Employment Professionals" e-Learning course will give you the knowledge and tools to help.

The course is online, completely free and takes about forty minutes to complete. It can be done in your own time and at your own pace. It includes the facts about sight loss, common eye conditions and their functional effects, things to consider when talking about jobs, how to guide someone with sight loss and further resources to help you.

If you would like to know more, please contact our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or [email protected]rnib.org.uk.

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 you to gain an 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. The employment assessment toolkit isn’t intended to replace your own early assessments, but will help you to identify the additional types of support needed and will help you to build a relevant action plan.

Learn more about the employment assessment toolkit

 

Pre-employment programme

Research has shown that many blind and partially sighted people find it difficult to find work, despite their academic qualifications or employment history.  Another finding is that working in a group setting can enable those furthest from the labour market to develop the skills to find work more effectively. 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.

Find out more about the pre-employment programme

 

Employment news

Stay up-to-date on the latest employment news and developments affecting blind and partially sighted people.