Press release – May 2023

The VIP-Tech-Job: Time 2 Act! project results are now available

After two years of intense work with an enthusiastic community of young VIPs, educators and trainers, we can finally share complete access to all project results and methods.
These tools can be used by educational institutions and workplaces to employ and include young VIPs in the workforce on equal terms to their sighted counterparts.

The VTJ2 project was developed as a response to the official statistics that show that the great majority of young and adult VIPs are left out of the employment sectors, despite their efforts, skills and competencies to find work as most employers are unaware of their abilities and knowledge acquired.

In addition to that, there is an expressed need for young VIPs to find actual and long-term employment, to co-create universally accessible workplaces and actively participate in society.

For this reason, the VTJ2 partnership built further on the results of the first VIP-TECH-JOB project by introducing a series of tools and resources that helped raise awareness by bringing together the voices, experiences and opinions of young VIPs.

Through tips and guidance for workplaces, it was possible to promote reasonable adjustments to support the participation of VI employees, while also providing them with extensive information on helpful legislation and state provisions. 

The project results are now fully available and can be directly accessed via the project’s website:

Results in a nutshell:

  • How-To platform: A series of mini-courses addressed to young VIPs and counsellors to provide them with useful information on addressing potential employers, preparing themselves for a job interview, learning their rights and responsibilities for new opportunities [part of the VIP-TECH-JOB’s results]
  • Web App: An online web application addressed to job seekers and employers. It provides space for announcing open positions, facilitating research, interaction and accessible tools for job seekers to create their CVs and motivation letters. This tool keeps a record of interactions for future reference [part of the VIP-TECH-JOB’s results]
  • Accessibility Toolbox: A complete educational curriculum, accompanied by practical guides addressed to trainers/educators, employers/recruiters and young VI job seekers. It aims to support the efficient use of the VIP-TECH-JOB/VTJ2 results, work on job-seeking practices, and familiarise with national and European legislations that facilitate access to employment. It is also useful to understand basic concepts and practices to make workplaces – and not only – universally accessible and inclusive [part of the VTJ2’s results]
  • Podcast: A series of episodes related to the preparation for job seeking and the job market. Through several interviews with VIPs, listeners can find out about their personal and professional experiences. Moreover, they discuss accessibility and technological development and voice their expectations, wants and wishes for the future [part of the VTJ2’s results]
  • Video Pack: A set of two distinct results: a practical guide and a documentary. The practical guide aims to motivate young VIPs to make their own video presentations and feel more comfortable sharing their image as professionals. On the other hand the documentary aims to raise the voices of young VIPs. They share the importance of accessible spaces and practices, inclusion and their own opinions and experiences. In addition, young VIPs assess the VTJ2 project and its activities, by offering their insights for future and similar projects [part of the VTJ2’s results]

The VTJ2 results are available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek whereas the outputs of the previous project are also available in Romanian.
The WebApp is available in Polish too.

Please, visit our website and follow us on Facebook to check our project results and learn more about VJT2.

“VIP-Tech-Job: Time 2 Act!” is a project developed within the framework of the Key Action 2 for Youth of the Erasmus+ programme. 
VTJ2 is coordinated by VIEWS International (Belgium).
Project partners are Soc. Coop. A.Fo.Ri.S.Ma. (Italy), Fundación Docete Omnes (Spain) and DAFNI KEK (Greece). 
“VIP-Tech-Job: Time 2 Act!” is addressed to young visually impaired people (VIPs), employers and educators. 
Its objective is to support VIPs’ inclusion through employment opportunities, while also promoting active citizenship and lifelong learning.

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