Looking to the Future FAQs

Here are some answers to the common questions we are asked about the RNIB Looking to the Future Project.

What is Looking to the Future? 

The RNIB Looking to the Future Project, run by RNIB Scotland, is a three year lottery funded project.  We make early interventions in the lives of young people with sight loss, aged fifteen to twenty five, making the transitions from school to training, further or higher education or work.  Young people face difficult decisions about their future and we work with them to help them make informed decisions and obtain the support they need. 

Why have you developed Looking to the Future?

There are around 1550 children and young people who are experiencing sight loss in Scotland. Three Quarters of this group are unemployed, compared with other disabled and able-bodied peers.  In addition, ninety two per cent of employers believe that blind and partially sighted individuals are difficult or impossible to employ.

The young people recruited to the project face the following barriers to achieving their potential:

  • finding a suitable job, training course, College or University place which matches their ambitions
  • problems with accessibility 
  • difficulty in finding information about jobs
  • lack of training and support accessible to them through agencies and training providers
  • problems with transport which hinder them getting to work.

All young people find transitions difficult, but for young people experiencing sight loss, it is particularly challenging as they are already facing a whole range of barriers which stand in the way of achieving their goals such as ignorance of employers, lack of accessibility, low expectations from family, teachers, employers etc.

What are you expecting to achieve from Looking to the Future?

Looking to the Future will work with over 140 young people.   Through a combination of one to one support and group work, we expect to help people move in the right direction, successfully participating at college, university, training and employment.

Who is Looking to the Future aimed at?

Young people aged between fifteen and twenty five making the transitions from school to training, further or higher education or work.

Why restrict this to people between 15 and 25?

We’re focussed on people thinking about their transition from school, looking for opportunities during or just after studying. Other parts of RNIB provide support to families and employment advice for people over twenty five.  

Can I talk to you without involving my college or university?

Yes.  We treat your personal information with care and won’t speak to others about you without your consent. There may be very rare occasions, if we believe you might be at risk, when we might need to seek advice from other agencies, but we will always put your interests first.

What jobs are available?

Blind and partially sighted people succeed in a wide range of jobs. We cannot say what jobs people with sight loss can and can’t do as everyone’s circumstances are different.  We'll talk through the options you're considering and discuss whether or not that career path or job would be suitable.

Can you help me with writing a CV?

Yes, we can help with writing your CV to send to employers. Find out more information and tips on what to put in a CV here.

Which organisations are involved in Looking to the Future?

The Looking to the Future project is run by RNIB Scotland but works in partnership by involving colleges, universities, Local Authorities and organisations that work with people with sight loss who are trying to transition from various areas of education on to paid eventual paid employment.

Can you advise colleges?

Yes, we’ll help as much as we can.

Who do I contact to find out more information?

Contact the Helpline on 0303 123 999 or email [email protected]