If you’re blind or partially sighted, our Employment service can provide specialist support and advice to help you find work or to stay in your job if your sight deteriorates.
“Having someone to help me when I needed it along with the IT training improved my chances of employment. I’ve now got a job.”
The Eye Work Too project is a unique initiative, offering life-changing opportunities for blind or partially sighted people to maximise their long term employment potential. The programme offers an extensive range of activities, training and support, is tailored to each participant's individual needs and abilities, prior to an optional paid work placement.
We also work with employers from all sectors to increase their confidence in employing someone with sight loss.
The Eye Work Too project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme, the Department for the Economy, and the Department for Communities.
All participants will be offered the opportunity to try out their preferred career options through an invaluable 12-week paid work placement, tailored to meet their individual needs. Ongoing support, guidance and training will be offered throughout this period and any assistive technology can be loaned to the employer to enable participants to fully engage in all aspects of work life.
We are always seeking to build partnerships with more organisations willing to provide a short term work placement for one of our programme participants.
Salary costs will be covered by Eye Work Too project funding. Your organisation will benefit from free visual awareness training, invaluable firsthand experience and ongoing support.
We've created a free eLearning programme that employers and staff can complete to begin to understand a little more about working with blind or partially sighted colleagues. The course includes information about the impact of sight loss, workplace responsibilities, inclusive recruitment, accessibility and assistive technology. It only takes about an hour to complete and is a great introduction to understanding sight loss.
RNIB are offering employers the opportunity to work with us, to become a better and more inclusive employer for people with sight loss, through aligning your working practices to the RNIB Visibly Better Employer quality standard.