Funding worth £100,000 has been granted to the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) for an apprenticeship programme helping blind and partially sighted young people in London get jobs.

The money was awarded to the charity by the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder. RSBC places apprentices in top public and private sector employers, including London Transport Museum, Goldman Sachs and the NHS.

The charity said visually impaired people are among the most disadvantaged groups in society, with 90% of those who lose their sight in youth not working for more than six months during their lives and nearly 70% of blind and partially sighted young people living on the poverty line.

Alison Gowman, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: ‘RSBC is playing a vitally important role in the lives of so many young people across the country. Our funding will support its employability programme, helping to unlock skills and opening up the talent pool from which businesses are traditionally recruiting.’