To practise as a Rehabilitation Worker for Visually Impaired People you will need to have completed a clearly defined qualification in this specialist area. The qualification equates to Foundation Degree/BTEC Professional Diploma level. Qualification is currently available through only one organisation, Birmingham City University (BCU)
In 2018 the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) approved a new Apprenticeship Standard "Rehabilitation Worker (Visual Impairment). To see the apprenticeship standard https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/rehabilitation-worker-visual-impairment/ Apprenticeships are only currently available to employers in England. Currently the two year study for this course would also be undertaken at BCU. To find out more about how to access the government apprenticeship levy and to find out more about applying for a place on the BCU course The Rehab Work apprenticeship - E-leaflet for employers (1).docx
Although not mandatory for practice, qualified Vision Rehabilitation Workers can now study to honours degree level. Birmingham City University currently runs two courses for people who have already qualified with the Foundation Degree (or equivalent).
This part time course is designed for qualified Rehabilitation Workers who are currently working with children and young people who have a visual impairment or are looking to specialise in this area in the future.
This part time course is designed for qualified Rehabilitation Workers who wish to take their expertise to the next level. Students will learn specialist techniques to enhance their practice with adults who have a wide range of additional complex needs including deafblindness, dementia, mental health conditions and learning disability.
Currently the only provider of the two year training course is Birmingham City University (BCU). The first cohort of students started in September 2018. The next intake will be in September 2019. It is not too early to be thinking about how employers can access their levy and identify potential apprentices. BCU have written an excellent guide to the whole process of applying for levy funds and the BCU application process. The Rehab Work apprenticeship - E-leaflet for employers.docx