Working Sense uses Specialist Employment Advisers to support people with a sensory loss across Wales, through 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 et 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 
  • Providing 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 Working Sense project also employs 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.

Working Sense is funded through the UK Governments Levelling Up fund