Blind in Business
Blind in Business by Mary Long (CENMAC Deputy Team Leader)
As part of my studies to gain the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments, I have been attending regular SENJIT (Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative Training) meetings run by the Bi-Borough Inclusion service.
At the most recent meeting, the group were introduced to Jess Clements, from the Blind in Business organisation. This company was founded in 1992 by three blind graduates, who were finding it difficult to get a foot in the door in their desired workplaces, despite having gained good degrees. They set up Blind in Business with the aim of helping other blind or partially sighted people to compete equally with their sighted peers in the job marketplace. You can find out more about the organisation in this video.
As we approach the end of the school year, Blind in Business have announced an amazing offer of support sessions for school leavers about to start work or university, as well as younger students seeking to develop their interview skills.
On June 30th, students in years 9 to 13, who are blind or partially sighted can attend a free online workshop, to practice interview technique and experience a mock interview with feedback. To sign up for a place, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-prospects-insights-and-interview-session-tickets-359358028537
On July 22nd, those with a vision impairment in years 11 to 13 can find out more about university life in a Uni Top Tips online session. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uni-top-tips-tickets-353888278367
For a more hands-on and in-person experience, there is the offer of a fantastic two-day event, taking place on the 20th and 21st July. This event combines adventure, team building exercises, networking opportunities, interviews, and assessments. A day of unforgettable adventures followed by a day of group tasks, presentations, and mock interviews with top employers. If you are a student with vision impairment, and over the age of 18, don’t miss your chance to join this free experience https://www.eventbrite.com/e/education-2-employment-tickets-354515253667
Thank you to Blind in Business for sharing these opportunities with us at CENMAC.
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