Shop RNIB Donate now

Employment support and benefits

Discover the different practical support available for finding and remaining in work if you are blind or partially sighted.

Take advantage of RNIB support to get into work by calling us on 0303 123 9999 or emailing us at [email protected] and we can put you in touch with an employment specialist. You can also speak to the Health and Disability Advisor at you local Jobcentre Plus who can support you in finding work or gaining new skills, tell you about disability friendly employers in your area, and talk you through the schemes available.

Government Schemes

Access to Work

Access to Work is a scheme run by Jobcentre Plus which provides advice and practical support to disabled people to enable them to work. The scheme pays a grant towards any extra employment costs that result from a disability, such as adaptations to the workplace, or specialist equipment.

Find out more about Access to Work

Work and Health Programme

The Work and Health Programme can provide training, explore your skills and put you in contact with employers to help you find a job. It is accessed through your local Jobcentre Plus.

Find out more about the Work and Health Programme

Your rights and Jobcentre Plus

If you are unhappy with the support you are getting from Jobcentre Plus - including access to the schemes mentioned above - and talking things through with your Health and Disability Adviser has not worked, you have the right to make a formal complaint to the Jobcentre Plus you have been dealing with. Jobcentre Plus state that they aim to respond to all complaints within 15 working days.

If your local Jobcentre Plus is unable to resolve the compliant to your satisfaction then you can ask for your case to be sent to the Director General of Operations for the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions). This department aims to deal with complaints within 15 working days. If the matter is still not resolved then you can ask the Independent Case Examiner (ICE) to investigate. The ICE is impartial and conducts reviews of complaints about certain government organisations. Please note that you must take your case to the ICE within six months of receiving the final response from Jobcentre Plus.

Find training in your area

Sightline is RNIB’s online directory of services for blind and partially sighted people which you can search to find training suppliers in your area.

Visit Sightline

Project Aspiro

If you need help planning you career Project Aspiro can help support you. It’s a career planning and employment website for blind and partially sighted people with a wealth of information and handy tools.

Visit Project Aspiro