VI Inclusive Employment Project


(31 March 2021 12:00 am)

VI Inclusive Employment Project

The VI Inclusive Employment Project is being funded by TAVIP (Technology Association of Visually Impaired People) and will specifically focus on providing a training course that will support people with vision impairments who are seeking work to fine-tune their employment and technology skills.

The training course has been developed by Vicky and Dave of VIDA Training and Gary of Gary Eady Computer Training. Sessions will be facilitated by us using our unique and valuable mix of experience, knowledge and skills (and humour) to provide the perfect combination to support people on their journey back to work. Dave and Gary live and work with a vision impairment, Vicky is sighted with experience of working alongside and providing in work support for people with vision impairments.

Who is the course for?
This training course is specifically for people who:
•    Have a vision impairment
•    Use a screen reader such as Jaws, NVDA or SuperNova
•    Are a competent computer user with good keyboard skills
•    Are actively seeking employment but need some assistance
•    Are aged 18 or over.

The training course will be focused on providing people with the right knowledge, skills, abilities and support to assist them in their journey towards employment.
We will cover:
•    Existing barriers to finding work
•    Managing your condition/impairment
•    In-work expectations
•    Supportive employer schemes including Access to Work
•    Confidence, motivation and resilience
•    Where to find work
•    Disclosing your disability
•    Completing application forms
•    Writing an effective CV
•    Interview preparation and tips
•    Access Technology
•    Using Microsoft Office and the internet effectively and efficiently
•    Making best use of Smartphones and Apps
•    Troubleshooting and technical support
•    And much more!

Throughout the course, there will be a focus on both peer and personalised support, ensuring that when people finish the course, they have not only gained in knowledge and confidence, but are also aware of where to find support should they need it in the future. 

The training course will run over 12 weeks and will consist of both group and one to one sessions. 

The course is scheduled to start on Tuesday 4 May and is to be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays of each week (depending on the topics being covered that week). Participants may also be requested to do some home learning between sessions to practise what has been covered.

The course sessions will be delivered remotely using the Zoom cloud meetings platform. This means that anyone living in the UK can apply!

The course is free for participants, however, if they are not already a TAVIP member then they will be asked to take out an annual membership costing just £10. 

How can people apply?
Participants must live in the UK and meet the above 4 criteria (have a vision impairment, use a screen reader, are a competent computer user and are actively seeking work). 

If this is the case, then they can email VIDA Training at training@vidatraining.co.uk to request an application form.

The closing date for applications is 9pm on Wednesday 7 April.

Due to only 8 places being available for this pilot training course, applicants will be shortlisted. Those who are shortlisted will then be invited to have an informal chat with us before places are confirmed. Informal chats will take place on Friday 16 and Monday 19 April over Zoom.

You can find out more at: VIDA Training – Employment Services

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