Sight Loss Council Communications Apprentice vacancy

*Please note the deadline for applying for this role has now ended*

Thomas Pocklington Trust, a national charity dedicated to delivering positive change for blind and partially sighted people, has launched a new apprenticeship scheme. Due to a period of exciting growth, we are looking for a communications apprentice to support the work of our Sight Loss Councils.

Are you passionate about making a difference? Do you want to help us to create positive change for blind and partially sighted people across England? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The role

  • Job role: Sight Loss Council Communications Apprentice
  • Location: Home based (some travel required)
  • Salary: based on living wage
  • Contract Type – fixed term 18 Months

Sight Loss Councils (SLC), funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, are regional groups led be blind and partially sighted volunteers. Together, they work with organisations and services to ensure what they do is accessible and inclusive. From establishing one SLC in 2017, we now have 20 SLCs and are expanding across the UK due to their success.

In return, you will get the opportunity to become part of a dynamic and exciting team, whilst building your career and communications skills within the charity sector.

Belle Whitely, SLC coordinator for Yorkshire and Humberside, pictured talking to Matty Bolam, SLC member, jack Moffat, Engagement Manager for the north east, and Becky, a support worker who is taking notes, during the sports project session.

Belle Whitely, SLC coordinator for Yorkshire and Humberside, Matty, SLC member, Jack Moffat, Engagement Manager for the North East, and support worker Becky, during the sports project session at the 2023 SLC Conference

You will be responsible for supporting the work of the communications team and creating communications content to meet the needs of SLCs and our communications plan. This includes social media, website content, video, case studies, news stories and more.

You will also be funded and allocated time to study a Level 3 Content Creator Apprenticeship qualification. This will develop your skills in creating communications content for a range of platforms, including audio, visual, online and written. You will also learn brand strategy and objectives, planning, budgeting, collaboration and evaluation.

This role is home based.

You will need to travel to attend occasional meetings in London.

You may be required to attend regional and national engagement events or meetings from time to time.

These posts both have a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the successful applicant be a person who is blind or partially sighted, in line with The Equality Act 2010

To apply

Read the job description for the role

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please complete and return:

Please send these documents to: by 26 November 2023.

If you have any questions about the role, please send these by email to the same email address and we will reply as soon as possible.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 26 November 2023.

Interview date: 5 December         

Interviews will be held in person at: Pocklington Hub, First Floor, 3 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR. We may hold an initial interview online.

We require all applicants to have the appropriate right to work in the UK.

If you have access needs or require reasonable adjustments as part of the recruitment process, please let us know.

If you have any questions about the apprenticeship programme, please email

Please note these are entry level positions – if you already have a qualification in the apprenticeship subject area please contact HR before applying, on the above email address.

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are vocational qualifications. Vocational means that the qualification gives people the right skills and knowledge needed for their chosen career.

They are government registered qualifications that can start at level 2 (GCSE equivalent) through to level 6 and 7 (bachelor’s and master’s degree equivalent).

An apprenticeship at Thomas Pocklington Trust is a way into a successful career in the Sight Loss Sector and beyond. Our apprenticeship programme provides opportunities for people to develop their skills and help us meet our strategic aims.

What are the benefits of a TPT Apprenticeship for me?

As part of your 18-month apprenticeship, you will gain the following:

  • obtain valuable work experience within the charity sector.
  • on the job training
  • work towards a recognised industry apprentice qualification
  • additional work-based training opportunities not covered by the apprenticeship qualification.
  • time to study for your apprenticeship.
  • a mentor offering support, advice, and guidance throughout
  • help deliver positive changes for people with sight loss.

Learn more about Thomas Pocklington Trust apprenticeships and opportunities

Publication date: 22 November 2023

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