Could you help blind young people get a job?

Alex sitting at a table with Omo teaching him about assistive technology

Are you vision impaired and in employment? Could you share your experience to support blind young people to get a job?

It’s a sad fact that currently;

• Less than half of vision impaired people of working age are employed
• Less than a third of 16-23 year olds are in work.

We’re looking for vision impaired people aged 18-30 who are currently in employment to change this by signing up to become an Employability Peer Mentor.

By becoming an Employability Peer Mentor, you can share your experience to encourage and advise other vision impaired young people to overcome their barriers to paid employment.
Providing one to one mentoring and support as a Peer Employability Mentor will make a real difference to blind young people’s lives. Mentoring is also a highly valued skill that can go on your CV.

What is the RSBC Employability Programme?

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, RSBC’s Employability programme works with 18 – 25 year olds looking to find work across London.

Each young person will take part in a number of workshops on topics such as CV writing, assistive technology and interview skills designed to build their workplace confidence.

As an Employability Peer Mentor you’ll provide additional one to one support to keep the young person focussed, motivated and engaged with the programme.

What would I have to do as an Employability Peer Mentor?

Commit to at least 45 minutes a week for six months, timings will be flexible around your schedule and can include evenings and weekends. We envisage that contact will mainly be via phone, email or online chat.

Responsibilities will include:
• Providing one to one support and guidance in line with the steps of the Employability Programme, and to support focus and commitment.
• Reporting on progress and meetings with young person.
• Sharing your experience around job search, work placements, new job starts.
• Providing support and motivation that focuses on the needs of the individual and that promotes independence.
• Ensure that dignity, respect and confidentiality are maintained at all times.
• Maintaining appropriate professional boundaries at all times.
• Ensure that equality and diversity is embedded in all activities.

What qualities, skills and experience do I need to have?

We are looking for someone who:
• Has the ability to develop a supportive, motivational relationship
• Has excellent communication skills and empathy with the needs of blind and Vision impaired young people.
• Is passionate about removing barriers to employment
• Has good IT skills
• Is reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
• Is responsible and able to maintain professional boundaries

What requirements do I need to meet?

We are looking for vision impaired individuals currently in employment. We are particularly keen for our mentors to be aged 18 – 30.

Safeguarding – We will ask you to complete an application form and a DBS check.

What will you gain as an Employability Peer Mentor?

• The opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of a young person
• Experience in providing motivation and engagement
• Experience of supporting others to overcome barriers
Training provision
You will be given an induction training session on becoming an Employability Mentor. You will only need to attend one session.

How to apply

If you’re interested in making a difference to the lives of blind young people, please email volunteers@rsbc.org.uk or call 020 3198 0225 to sign up now.

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