Employment Services

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.

Becoming more employable

If you feel your employability skills need a boost or you just want to broaden what you already know, We provide a range of opportunities that will help make that difference:

  • Build your Confidence in group sessions that will help you become more assertive, realise your potential and meet other people with sight loss. 
  • Learn to use a range of assistive technology including magnification and screen-reading software. 
  • Achieve Accredited IT qualifications, such as ECDL and ITQ. 
  • Get support in finding a work placement and have the opportunity to try out different jobs and develop skills. 

Careers advice and finding a job

We offer real life practical advice and support if you are looking for work or want to change your career:

  • We have advice on the best career paths and information on jobs blind and partially sighted people are currently doing in NI. 
  • We can support you with designing a CV and filling in application forms. 
  • We could help with searching for a job in newspapers or websites and accessing the local job centre. 
  • Explore how to make the most of an interview and to speak positively to a potential employer about your eye condition.

Staying in Work

We offer constructive advice to people who are blind or partially sighted who are finding it difficult to do a job due to deterioration in sight. Our service involves working with employers and employees, to ensure that both parties get the advice and support they need so that employees retain their jobs, while employers retain skilled and experienced staff

Our service offers:

  • Advice on reasonable adjustments that can be put in place.
  • Individual mentoring and training through the Workable NI programme.
  • Onward referral to the Access to Work programme for employment and technology assessment.
  • Awareness training for employers and work colleagues around sight loss and how it affects people.

Read our ‘This is Working in Northern Ireland’ publication.  It outlines the stories of how 11 people with sight loss participate successfully in the world of work. 

Contact Us

For Employment advice and guidance, call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected].