Work and study

Making work and study work for you

Are you job-hunting or already in work but having vision difficulties and need support? The Blind Foundation’s employment service can help. We can also put you on track if you want to study and need support.

Find out more in the sections below.  And to get in touch, simply call 0800 24 33 33 or email employment@blindfoundation.org.nz

Want to work for the Blind Foundation? Visit our careers portal for information about the latest vacancies.

Support for job seekers

Whatever your work needs, we can tailor-make a programme to suit your needs. We also offer careers advice, to help you land that dream job.

We can provide you with work experience too, right here at the Blind Foundation, so you can develop the skills employers are looking for.

Our life-changing services build confidence while empowering you with the skills you need to live and work how you want.

You can read more in the Working It Out brochure.

Working it out employment brochure (.pdf)

The Blind Foundation’s service is a Supported Employment Service approved by ASENZ (the Association of Supported Employment NZ).

Looking for the right job

Woman sitting at her work computer with headphones

You know what you want and you are keen to ensure you have the right skills – and that you approach potential employers in just the right way. We can help:

  • brush up your interview skills – and tweak your CV so you shine.
  • show you in the best possible light in your cover letter.
  • help you disclose your disability in the best way.

We can also help you prepare before you look for work with a tailor-made pre-employment programme. You will then be able to approach employers with confidence.

We can help with careers advice and setting goals, and teach you job search strategies including those described above. In addition, we can help you approach employers, including alerting them to any employment subsidies or other incentives they may be eligible for.

Support for students taking the big step

Starting out at college or university is a big, exciting challenge. To ensure you can get the very most out of the experience, the Blind Foundation supports students in a number of ways.

We can help you feel confident and independent, so you can enjoy your studies and build a future without limits.

The Blind Foundation supports students by:

  • linking up students and prospective students with disability support providers at their chosen university or college.
  • putting you in touch with people and organisations providing scholarships.
  • helping you access funding for disability assessments – and sourcing any equipment or training you need.
  • advocating for you if necessary.

Work experience – a step into the working world

If you know what work you’d like to do but need experience, The Blind Foundation’s Work Experience Programme can help.  You might have done a course, or decided what area you’d like to work in, and just need a step into the working world.

Designed around your needs, this empowering programme builds both confidence and skills in a supportive professional workplace.  You will be working within the Blind Foundation in a role specifically designed for your needs. You can discover what suits you best – and what a job is really like.

This life-changing programme will:

  • give you real on-the-job experience.
  • teach you new skills.
  • make you attractive and marketable to employers.
  • allow you to see first-hand what a typical day on the job is like.
  • give you experience of what the recruitment process is like.
  • provide you with a certificate, plus assess how your goals were met by the programme.

The Blind Foundation’s work experience programme operates all year round and is voluntary.

To take part you must already be in touch with a Blind Foundation Employment Consultant and seeking work. You will be asked to sign a contract, and this includes a confidentiality agreement. You will also set goals for what you want to achieve from your work experience. At the end of your time, these will be reviewed.

We can get help you on track for the job you desire – or help you discover what this might be.

Need workplace support because of vision loss?

The Blind Foundation Employment Consultants are skilled advisers who can support you and keep you working even though you are experiencing vision problems.

We can help in a lot of ways:

  • advise you on how to manage your vision loss, so you can continue to work effectively. We do this either one-on-one, in small groups or remotely.
  • support you with access to funding for tools to aid your vision in the workplace. These can include scanners, video magnifiers and speaking computers. We can also help you access training to develop keyboard skills and switch over to new equipment.
  • talk to your employer about how to positively manage blindness and low vision in the workplace.
  • support you with Health and Safety in employment issues.

The Blind Foundation also runs blindness awareness training programmes for employers and staff, to support those with vision problems in the workplace.

For help with using computers, you can get in touch with a Blind Foundation Adaptive Communication Instructor on 0800 24 33 33 or generalenquiries@blindfoundation.org.nz. They provide advice on what you might need and how to get the best out of your work equipment.