RNIB Apprenticeship Programme

The RNIB Apprenticeship Programme has been developed as part of our drive to be more inclusive and increase the opportunities available for blind and partially sighted people.

A young man and woman sitting outside a college buildingAn Apprenticeship is a great way to learn on the job alongside experienced people while studying for a nationally recognised qualification.

FAQs for the RNIB Apprenticeship Programme

1. What apprenticeships will we be offering?

The apprenticeship programme allows RNIB to offer a range of qualifications annually based on the availability of placements in various locations/roles. Apprenticeship vacancies can be found on our vacancies page.

You will need to have a minimum of GCSE (or equivalent) passes in Maths and English to undertake an apprenticeship but we are happy to talk to you about other options if you don’t. Just email us at [email protected] with your details and we will contact you to discuss alternative pathways.

2. How long do roles last?

The roles last for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months depending on the level of apprenticeship being undertaken.

3. How much will apprentices be paid?

Apprentices are paid the standard government rate per hour in their first year (plus London Weighting where appropriate) rising after one year to a rate commensurate with their age and the agreed National Living Wage. This link will take you through to the Government Apprenticeship website for all your specific apprenticeship queries.

4. Who can apply for these opportunities?

These opportunities are open to blind and partially sighted people or individuals with other or no disabilities living in England who will 16 years old or over by the start date of the apprenticeship. Individuals are eligible to undertake an apprenticeship at the same level as, or at a lower level than, a qualification they already hold.

5. How can I apply?

All roles are advertised on our current vacancies page.

6. How long does an apprenticeship last?

It will last at least 12 months and up to 24 months depending on the level of apprenticeship you are undertaking and any reasonable adjustments that may need to be made.  

7. When can an apprentice start their contract?

The start date of any Apprenticeship contract will depend on the rolling college availability of the course to be studied and the agreed start date of your employment with RNIB.

8. Are apprentices eligible to receive "Access to work” support?

Apprentices with a disability are eligible to apply for “Access to work” support however as with all employees, this depends of their personal and role requirements.

Further information

For more information about any aspect of the RNIB Apprenticeship Programme, please contact Andy Smith on 07801 406013 or by email [email protected]

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