If you have sensory loss, JobSense can help you by:
- supporting you with job searching, filling in application forms and building a CV
- assisting with interview preparation
- helping you meet potential employers
- helping you access education, training or work experience.
All our Specialist Employment Advisers are trained in sensory loss awareness and many can use British Sign Language (BSL). We can also help if your sensory loss is part of a broader disability.
JobSense will provide a range of interventions tailored to the needs and circumstances of the individual to achieve the following outcomes –: Confidence building and vocational skills, such as:
- knowledge, skills and work behaviours
- skills relating to developing applications for work
- problem solving, communicating and relationship management
- emotional resilience and confidence
- manage money more carefully
Practical help, such as:
- transport challenges
- identifying realistic and appropriate options for work
- information on vacancies in association with Job Centre Plus and so onet al
- referrals to training programmes to learn additional skills, including accredited training and qualifications relevant to the participant’s journey towards work
- referral to further and higher education programs
- awareness of technology that can support sensory loss in the workplace
- access to work experience, work placements, volunteering opportunities and job tasters through a wide range of employers
Specific outcomes for each participant exiting the programme could be:
- supporting them into employment
- completing work experience placement or volunteering opportunity
- gaining a qualification or work relevant certification
- or engaging in job search.
The JobSense team includes specialist Employer Engagement Coordinators to liaise with businesses across Wales to identify and facilitate suitable vacancies. We hope they will leave a legacy of employers better informed on the needs and support mechanisms (including Access to Work) available to people with a sensory loss.
People who are deaf or have hearing loss will be supported by Action on Hearing Loss Cymru across the region.
People who are blind or who have sight loss will be supported by one of our two delivery partners:
- in Flintshire and Wrexham, they will be supported by COS;
- in the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire, they will be supported by Elite.
- in Powys, they could be supported by either.
We hope to secure funding in the near future to deliver a similar programme in the rest of Wales.
For more information, or to register for the JobSense project, phone 029 2033 3034 (Next Generation Text service (NGT) available) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
JobSense is a partnership between Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, the Centre of Sign, Sight and Sound (COS) and Elite Supported Employment Agency, and has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
The JobSense project, backed with nearly £3 million from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, will help people with a sensory loss gain employment.