The work we do is diverse, spans Scotland, and different jobs require different skills. But whatever your role and wherever you are, you'll live our values every day.
Our values – Transform, Unite and Thrive – reflect what we do, how we do it and why we do it.
We embrace change and constantly look for ways to improve
We work across the organisation to maximise our impact
We do vital work, we want to thrive to!
Help people with sight loss lead fulfilling lives.
Life-changing. Those are words we hear often from people who come to us for support.
Everyone at Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans – whether they’re setting up social opportunities at one of our homes for young adults, planning adventures for veterans, or raising funds – plays a part in helping people adapt to the impact of sight loss.
This is why Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans are such rewarding places to work.
We’ve come a long way since we were founded back in 1793. Our progress is thanks to the united efforts of colleagues both past and present. We’re involved in innovative approaches in the education and care of people challenged by sight loss. Today, we transform outcomes for people with sight loss, working together to empower people to lead fulfilling lives.
You could support people to live independently at home, work in one of our specialist care settings for young adults with visual impairment, or in one of our activity centres for veterans.
Enable people to thrive
We offer opportunities to support children and young people to get the most out of their education, or to live as independently as possible in one of our residential houses.
Contribute to innovation
At the Scottish Braille Press – a leading provider of accessible media – there are opportunities to get involved in a rewarding business, facilitating equal access to media for all.
Maximise our impact
To support our front line colleagues to do the great work they do, our Head Office offers roles in Fundraising, Marketing, HR, IT, Finance, Estates and Buildings, and Administration.
Benefits of careers with us
We believe it's vital we care for and invest in our people. Find out what we can offer you in exchange for your skills and commitment to us.
What benefits do we offer?
Generous Pension Scheme
We offer our employees the opportunity to plan for their future by joining our pension scheme run by Royal London.
- Employee contributions start at 3% of your salary.
- Employer contributions start at 6% of your salary.
- You have the option of increasing your contributions and we will double your contribution up to an employer contribution maximum of 12%.
- Our pension scheme is a salary sacrifice scheme which means you do not pay tax on your contributions.
Teachers' Pension – The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) administers pensions on behalf of the Scottish Government for Teachers in Scotland.
We offer all colleagues who are members of our pension scheme a Death In Service benefit of four times their Annual Salary.
SCVO Credit Union
Save, borrow and plan for tomorrow with SCVO Credit Union.
- SCVO is a not-for-profit financial co-operative who provide responsive, helpful and effective services.
Employee discounts through the Discounts for Carers Scheme and Perks at Work
- Discounts for Carers is a free online discount service offering savings from a range of companies for people working or volunteering in the care service, or those who care for a family member, friend or other. Deals and discounts include holidays, fashion, gym memberships and supermarkets.
- The Perks at Work website is available through our Employee Assistance Programme provider Workplace Options. It offers our colleagues discounts of up to 25% on name brands, and items including home and garden, electronics, entertainment, and groceries.
- Discounted cinema tickets - by joining Filmpass Club you can enjoy great savings on Empire, Cineworld and Odeon cinema tickets.
Company Sick Pay
After 6 months service with us we offer you enhanced company sick pay which increases with your length of service.
The health and wellbeing of our teams is a priority for us and we offer:
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
Everyone needs a bit of support now and then, so to help support our colleagues to thrive we partner with Workplace Options.
This is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer confidential support including counselling, information, guidance and referrals on any work, personal or family issue.
Cycle to Work Scheme
You could transform your commute to work by using our cycle to work scheme run through the Green Commute Initiative. The benefits to colleagues who use the scheme are:
• Save up to 47% depending on the tax rate.
• Have a bike over £1000.
• E-bikes, cargo bikes and specialist cycles and trikes.
• Accessories are allowed.
• Own the bike at the end of the scheme.
• Cycle to work on an E-bike without getting hot and sweaty.
• Reduce air pollution and improve your health.
• Save money on the cost of running a car.
• No stress about car parking or using public transport.
• Enjoy using the bike at weekends or on days off.
Paid time off for medical and dental appointments
We don’t want our colleagues to have to worry about taking time for essential medical and dental appointments, and so we offer paid time off for essential appointments.
We are proud to support our colleagues in their roles as parents and care givers.
Paid Carers and Dependants leave
To support you when things outwith your control happen in your family life, we offer two days' paid dependants leave and also two days' carers leave per year for any planned appointments which are unavoidable during your working day.
Enhanced Maternity, Paternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave
All our family leave is paid above the statutory rates.
As a colleague at Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans you can be confident you'll be offered:
An induction programme and ongoing support
As we want you to thrive in your role, your continued development is important to us. We will focus on your learning journey from day one. This starts with your comprehensive induction to Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans where you will learn more about your role, our history and our values.
Our team will then ensure you have a bespoke, role-specific training programme which will continue your development with us, using a mix of blended learning that you can complete at your own pace. You will also receive ongoing support with your professional development through regular supervision or one to ones with your line manager.
Learning and development opportunities
We are continually reviewing how we support the learning and development of our dedicated colleagues, both staff and volunteers, throughout Scotland. We are proud to be able to deliver training in formats such as courses, events, seminars and workshops which are delivered both by our innovative learning and development team, and in partnership with external providers.
All our colleagues have access to their own online learning account where we have an e-learning library of courses which can be completed, and any available training events can be booked.
Our team will then ensure you have a bespoke, role-specific training programme which will continue your development with us using a mix of blended learning which you can complete at your own pace. You will also receive ongoing support with your professional development through regular supervision or one to ones with your line manager.
Equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity in our workplaces
Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans are committed to the pursuit of inclusion and diversity in our workplaces.
We are committed to creating a working environment that is representative of and responsive to different cultures and groups, and where everyone has an equal chance to succeed. To support this, we have a Colleague Diversity and Inclusion Forum.
Forum members ensure our policies, procedures and all of our practices fully support our commitment to creating an equal and diverse workplace for colleagues. The forum also allows members to contribute ideas and topics to support our continuous improvement.
These reports were published under our former names, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded.
Understanding and reviewing our gender pay gap gives us the awareness needed to support our commitment to being an inclusive employer:
Access our latest Gender Pay Gap Report 2020
We continually monitor our performance in obtaining and maintaining equality as part of our promotion of equality across our organisation:
Access our latest Equalities Report 2021
Access our previously published reports on the gender pay gap and equalities in the workplace.
Proud to be a Disability Confident Employer
We are proud of our Disability Confident Employer status, awarded in recognition of our commitment to being an employer of choice for people with disabilities.
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