I just don’t believe this news report. It can’t be true – but it is!
An advertisement for an air traffic controller is being offered in Braille – although 20/20 vision is a requirement for the job.
Bosses of St Mary’s airport on the Isles of Scilly say they are simply adhering to equal opportunity guidelines.
The advert for the post, which carries a salary of between £34,000 and £36,000, states that as well as having excellent vision, the applicant needs to be highly qualified to fulfil the demanding role of guiding aircraft safely into the hilltop airport, which is often fogbound.
Yet at the bottom of the advertisement is the note: ‘If you require this document in an alternative language, in larger text, Braille, easy read or in an audio format, please contact the Community Relations Officer.’
The move was welcomed by Bill Alker of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, which works with blind and partially-sighted people.
He said: ‘We applaud the Isles of Scilly Council’s good practice and would hope more employers do the same.’
But Keri Jones, the controller of Radio Scilly, said: ‘People generally find it quite funny.
‘It would certainly be something for Scilly to have the world’ s first blind air traffic controller.’
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A spokesman for the Council of the Isles of Scilly said the wording was included on all job adverts ‘to ensure that potential job applicants know that they can access information in a format to suit them.’
Kindly remind me never, ever to go flying in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly!