What is the Trainee Grade Scheme?

The Trainee Grade Scheme (TGS) offers paid work experience to unemployed blind and partially sighted people. Each placement lasts for 50 weeks, or until alternative employment is secured, whichever occurs sooner.

The scheme offers full time or part time (as advertised) opportunities in a range of work areas in different departments within RNIB, including:

  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Events co-ordination

The salary offered will fall within RNIB's existing pay scales and all TGS vacancies are advertised in RNIB's job section.

Benefits of the scheme include 

  • Dedicated training time
  • Subject to RNIB's HR policies, procedures and benefits such as the Pension Scheme
  • Support with Access to Work applications
  • Part time and flexible work patterns subject to operational requirements

TGS can help your job search with

  • An up-to-date work reference
  • A chance to use knowledge and skills in a real work environment
  • An opportunity to learn new, or improve existing, skills
  • Job search support to look for permanent employment

To apply for a TGS post you must be:

  • unemployed
  • blind or partially sighted
  • work ready
  • willing to undertake training and development activities
  • There are no minimum or maximum qualification criteria.

Subject to individual circumstances and the rules in operation at the time of application, you may be able to work and still claim your benefits.  Please speak to your local Disability Employment Adviser at your local JobCentre or call our Helpline on 0303 123 99 99 who will also be able to help with any general queries about the scheme.


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