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Employment Schools Workshops for Vision Impaired Students

We are delighted to announce that we’ve started running Employability Roadshows in schools, designed to prepare vision impaired students for the world of work.

Why Employment?

Many of the young people we speak to have told us that careers advice at school isn’t tailored enough for them as VI students, which is why we’ve decided to take specialist workshops straight to the schools. If students have the skills and expertise to make informed career choices early on, then it will put them in a stronger position to take on today’s competitive job market.

The Workshops

The first Workshop took place on 23 November, and brought together vision impaired students from Woking High, Oxted School, George Abbott’s and Gordon’s school. Led by LOOK staff and mentors the workshops focused on discussing career aspirations, practicing mock interviews, learning about various methods to overcome potential barriers, with reference to the DWP’s Access to Work scheme, and talking about disclosing a vision impairment to employers.

Ruth Storey, LOOK’s Mentor project Coordinator said:

“According to the RNIB,  only 27% of VI people in the UK are employed. our employability workshops are all about helping more VI young people get work when they finish their education. The young people really enjoyed the interactive parts of the day, especially the role play sessions. Bringing drama into these workshops made the topic of employment engaging and fun.”

How can I take part?

If you are a school with vision impaired students, please get to in touch.

Email events@look-uk.org or call 01432376314.

 

With thanks to the Queen’s Trust, for generously supporting our Employability Road Shows.

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