New internships for blind and partially sighted jobseekers to Get Set Progress

A new programme of paid internships has just launched for blind and partially sighted jobseekers to  Get Set Progress.

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has run a programme of paid internships since 2015. Today, as well as opening applications for three roles, it has extended the programme to five other sight loss charities to create eight new roles.


Chief Executive, Charles Colquhoun, explained: “One of our core aims is to create opportunities for blind and partially sighted people seeking employment.

“Our internships scheme is one of our key programmes enabling blind and partially sighted people to secure that first rung on the career ladder.  And we know it works.  85% of interns have gone on to secure employment within six months.  So, we have opened the scheme to five partner organisations who will now use TPT’s tried-and-tested framework.”


Partner organisations in the programme are British Blind Sport, My Sight Nottinghamshire, MySight York, Oxfordshire Association for the Blind and Sight Support West of England.

TPT will contribute 75% of the funding for the posts and support the partner organisations throughout the nine-month placements.


The eight new internships are now open for applications applications from blind and partially sighted candidates*:


Read more on the Get Set Progress Internship Programme


Charles added: “The internships are designed to be development opportunities and each intern will have a dedicated training plan to provide a meaningful learning experience.”


Former TPT intern, Alex Henderson, said: “It’s such a valuable opportunity. Even in such a short space of time I’ve got so much experience and so many workplace examples I can now draw on in interviews.”


Alaina MacGregor, CEO at British Blind Sport, said: “British Blind Sport is delighted to be hosting an intern through the Get Set Progress programme.  It’s important to recognise the contribution each person can offer society. Enabling a person living with sight loss to join our team to share their experience and knowledge whilst developing their skills not only helps the individual but helps us all to appreciate the positive impact each person is capable of.”


Michael Conroy, CEO of My Sight Notts, said: “At My Sight Notts we’re passionate about nurturing the talents of visually impaired people and contributing to the removal of barriers to their employment. So we’re absolutely thrilled to hear we’ve been successful in our application for funding from Thomas Pocklington Trust to support a visually impaired intern as part of their Get Set Progress project. We’re really looking forward to recruiting and welcoming a new visually impaired intern to our team.”


Scott Jobson, CEO at MySight York, said: “We are delighted to have been accepted by the Get Set Progress project, funded through the Thomas Pocklington Trust, to host an intern.

“What a brilliant opportunity for us and the new intern to work together with the wider community to develop our groups, share lived experience and make a lasting impact on the lives of people living with sight loss in York.”


Mark Upton, CEO at Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, said: “We’re really excited to be hosting an intern through the Get Set Progress programme. This is a great opportunity for a blind or partially sighted person to gain valuable work skills within our team, learn from other visually impaired professionals and build their own career.”


Mike Silvey, CEO of Sight Support West of England, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Get Set Progress programme, which will enable us to host a blind or partially sighted intern at Sight Support in a new Customer Service Representative role.

“The new role will help us to professionalise our phone service and provide valuable back-up to our team of Community Sight Loss Advisors working across the West of England.”


*These posts have a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the successful applicants be a blind or partially sighted person in line with The Equality Act 2010.



For further information or images please contact: Penny Wilkinson, Thomas Pocklington Trust,  07974 578 637.


Editors’ Notes

About Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity dedicated to enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. We are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of their needs and aspirations, to working with partners and to developing and implementing services which meet these needs to increase independence and improve lives.


About British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport helps blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport, encouraging adults and children to participate in activities at all levels, from grassroots to the Paralympic Games.


About My Sight Nottinghamshire

My Sight Nottinghamshire is a local sight loss charity working to make sure blind and partially sighted people in Nottinghamshire get the support they need to help them beat loneliness, stay connected and live independent and fulfilled lives.


About MySight York

Since 1979, MySight York has been placing local people with sight loss at the heart of what it does, developing innovative services and working towards its vision of a world where everyone with sight loss can live well.


About Oxfordshire Association for the Blind

Established in 1877, Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) is a life-enhancing charity supporting children and adults who are blind or partially sighted throughout Oxfordshire.


About Sight Support West of England.

Sight Support West of England provides local services for blind and partially sighted people across Bristol, Bath & N-E Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire.

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