Title Vision in Enterprise
Project Number UK/10/LLP-LdV/TOI-387
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The Vision in Enterprise project has created a toolkit for vocation education and training (VET) professionals, who work with vision impaired (VI) people. The toolkit enables VET advisers to successfully support VI entrepreneurs start a business or develop a business.
Summary A UK based enterprise toolkit was transferred to project partners in Cyprus, Ireland and Poland. The toolkit was tested by each partner and it resulted in processes, materials and competencies which support VI people in self employment, in their respective countries. Further work led to the creation of a generic toolkit, which can be used by any organisation working with VI people in business. Organisations using the toolkit should see an improvement in the ability of their VET advisers to work with VI people and VI participants should see an improvement in their skills and chances of being successful in the labour market. Awareness raising and promotion of the project should lead to a general improvement in business support for VI people.
The project has undertaken Research and Needs Analysis (RNA) on the European labour market for VI people and the business support offered to VI entrepreneurs. The RNA clearly states that there is a higher percentage of economic inactivity amongst VI people compared to the general population in Europe and the RNA suggests that VET provision for blind and partially sighted people could be improved.
The generic enterprise toolkit created by the project partners has led to processes, materials and competencies which support VI people to overcome barriers in their self employment journey. Examples of the barriers facing VI people range from accessibility issues; the welfare benefits ‘trap’; and the ability of mainstream business advisers to provide support. The toolkit should improve the skills of VI people in the labour market, from business competencies such as finance and business planning to soft skills such as improved confidence, interpersonal skills and time keeping. The impact in partner countries is that there has been an increased competence of VET professionals working with VI people and the establishment of self employment as an option for VI people in the labour market.
The long term impact of the project, on a Europe wide basis, will be the availability of the toolkit as a proven resource that successfully supports VI people in enterprise.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Sectors Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Product Types others
Research Needs Analysis
Final Dissemination Event September 2012
Documents and further information available at the project home page (below)