We want our jobsite to be as easy to use as possible for everyone, whether you have a disability or not. This page should answer any questions you may have on this issue.

  • Most tablets and smartphones have built in accessibility functions, which are normally found under 'settings'. 


    These functions allow you to change things such as font size, font style, contrast and screen brightness, as well as offering ‘text to speech’ options. Features will vary depending upon the make and model of your device.


  • We aim to use plain language and avoid jargon at all times, so that the content on our site is easy to understand. To help us do this, we follow Plain English guidelines.


    However, there are occasions where this is not the case, for example where a featured job requires language specific to the role.

  • If you don’t already have a PDF reader on your computer or device, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader free of charge.

     

    If you have difficulty reading PDF files, try this online conversion tool to convert PDF files into html or text files.


  • The application form on this website already features form field labels which provide helpful additional context for users of assistive technologies. 

Assistive technology


If you have visual impairments, you may be interested in the following assistive technology. To find out more about these technologies and further information, please visit the Royal National Institute for the Blind website.

Screen enlargers or screen magnifiers

These work like a magnifying glass. They enlarge a portion of the screen as the user moves the focus - increasing legibility for some users. Some screen enlargers allow a user to zoom in and out on a particular area of the screen

Screen readers

These are software programs that present graphics and text as speech. A screen reader is used to verbalise, or 'speak' everything on the screen, including names and descriptions of control buttons, menus, text and punctuation.

Speech recognition systems

Also called voice recognition programs, these allow people to give commands and enter data using their voices rather than a mouse or keyboard

Speech synthesisers

Often referred to as text-to-speech (TTS) systems), these receive information going to the screen in the form of letters, numbers and punctuation marks, and then 'speak' it out loud. Using speech synthesisers allows blind users to review their input as they type.

Refreshable braille

This display provides a tactile output of information represented on the computer screen. The user reads the Braille letters with his or her fingers, and then, after a line is read, refreshes the display to read the next line.

Braille embossers

These transfer computer-generated text into embossed Braille output. Braille translation programs convert text scanned in or generated.

Talking word processors

These are software programs that use speech synthesisers to provide auditory feedback of what is typed.

Large-print word processors

These allow the user to view everything in large text without added screen enlargement.