People development

An important value of Highland BlindCraft is to offer equal opportunity and access to development training should our people wish to take part.

Through an ongoing programme of training and assessment, we try to ensure all our people make a very valued contribution to the manufacturing process within the factory, both improving their job skills and satisfaction.

We offer unique training, which caters to each individual team member regardless of his or her disability and helps to develop transferrable skills to move into unsupported employment if possible.

This picture shows how Evan with no sight at all can still produce a mattress and work safely with a staple gun.

As well as training on the job we offer additional training to give our people a skill that they can use to take them forward in future unsupported employment or just to benefit their home life. These include learning to read and write, computer skills, memory training, as well as SVQ qualifications.

Qualifications and BSL Sign Language

We have had two members of our team who completed their SVQ Health and Safety qualification, which they passed with flying colours. Our office staff have also undergone training with one member of the team working towards a CIMA Accounting qualification and the other to a VLA Digital marketing qualification.

Furthermore, we continue to provide BSL Sign Language lessons to several of our people. This training has helped to enhance communication between our team members and David, who works in the sewing room and is profoundly deaf, this has helped not only with communication but boosted the overall morale of all staff – a win-win situation.

Helping people within the community

We also offer computer training to blind or visually impaired people out with the factory where they can come in and receive one-to-one training from one of our great volunteers. In the picture below, you can see Marie who has attended weekly training sessions and can now type up letters or stories on the computer. She has even had an article published online of her story of a holiday she had taken – as it was so good.

Well done Maria.

Talk to us about training needs and support

If you know someone who might benefit from receiving some training, please get in touch and we will try to match you up with a volunteer to help you out.

At the moment, however, due to Covid-19 working practice restrictions, our training sessions are suspended. But as soon as the conditions allow for safe training we will let you know. Please do get in contact with us about the training opportunities we offer.