Action six: Employment support

There is help and advice available about getting back into work or looking for a new job from a range of employment support sources.

Our employment team

Thomas Pocklington Trust Employment Service supports blind and partially sighted people wanting to start, restart or progress their careers.

  • Our employment resources include advice on creating CVS and application forms, CV templates,  interview tips and much more.
  • Works For Me is a service tailored to individuals’ needs. It supports blind and partially sighted people to develop skills and provides advice to transition to the workplace, navigate the job market or further careers.
  • Internships – Our Get Set Progress internship programme provides paid placements for blind and partially sighted people just starting out in their careers.
  • Professional coaching – We offer one-to-one free coaching and mentoring which can help you to identify your career goals and develop a strategy with action steps to reach those goals.
  • You can watch our We Work videos which showcase the careers of other blind and partially sighted people. You can also watch our Inclusive Employers video in which major businesses share the benefits of hiring a diverse workforce, the adaptions that can be made, the support available for those adjustments and advice to other organisations looking to employ blind and partially sighted people.
  • There is information on the Access to Work scheme which supports people with disabilities or health conditions to start a new job or stay in work.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus provides resources to enable job-searchers to find work through Jobpoints (touch-screen computer terminals), Jobseeker Direct (telephone service) and the Jobcentre Plus website.

They offer information about training opportunities for the chronically unemployed. They also administer claims for benefits such as Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, and Jobseeker’s Allowance (currently being phased out in favour of Universal Credit).

National Careers Service

Offering free telephone and face to face consultations supporting people who are either looking for work (unemployed) or employed but looking to change career and/or upskill by providing careers advise, building CVs, preparation for interview, referring to training and finding jobs.

Website: National Careers Service (GOV.UK)

Better Working Futures

Better Working Futures gives people who face additional barriers to finding work the best employment support available.

It is part of a wider package of support for jobseekers and people with disabilities and health conditions announced by the government. It aims to bring jobseekers, support provision and employers together to provide greater opportunities for those looking for work.

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Check out the other actions...

Action one: Help with household bills

Get all the information you need to help with household bills and other costs including housing, council tax, energy and TV licence.

Find out more about 'Action one: Help with household bills'

Action two: Help with money and benefits

Billions of pounds in money and benefits go unclaimed every year. Make sure you are claiming everything you might be entitled to and are getting the help you need.

Find out more about 'Action two: Help with money and benefits'

Action three: Help with health and care costs

Check out this section for information on how to manage your health and care costs including prescription charges, home care and more.

Find out more about 'Action three: Help with health and care costs'

Action four: Help with energy saving and home improvements

Find out about support for energy saving with home energy efficiency, adaptations you can make to your home and help with home improvements.

Find out more about 'Action four: Help with energy saving and home improvements'

Action five: Help with food costs

There is a lot of support available to assist blind and partially sighted people with food costs. Read our guide for tips on the action you can take.

Find out more about 'Action five: Help with food costs'
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