EU-funded Vision in Enterprise (ViE) project publishes new Research and Needs Analysis report

The ViE project seeks to address the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people trying to enter the labour market by promoting entrepreneurship as a viable option. Tangible results will be a toolkit of bespoke learning materials, competencies and delivery methods for Vocational Education and Training (VET) organisations.

As part of the ongoing activities, the ViE consortium of transnational partners announces the publication of the Research and Needs Analysis (RNA) report. This report documents and reviews research undertaken on:

  • The labour market position for visually impaired people in Europe and in particular in Cyprus, Ireland and Poland
  • The business support offered to visually impaired people in Europe and in particular in Cyprus, Ireland and Poland

The RNA makes it clear that there is a higher percentage of economic inactivity amongst visually impaired people in Europe compared to the general population (see RNIB 2009 and EBU 2009). One of the implications is that vocational education and training provision could be improved. The Report also outlines the barriers to self employment for visually impaired people. The publication of this report backs up one of the main themes of the project, namely that the visually impaired can successfully achieve self-employment and develop enterprise given sensitive and appropriate support.

Download the report either from the main project website

http://www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk/our-services/projects/vision-in-enterprise/

or on the EBU ViE page

http://www.euroblind.org/projects-and-activities/projects/current-projects/
nr/400#analysisreport

The ViE project has been funded with support from the European Commission through its Life Long Learning programme.

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