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Employment and enterprise

We want every autistic young person to have good careers education, including experience of work, which is relevant to their aspirations, strengths and opportunities. Working alongside autistic young people, we will equip them to progress to employment and develop transferable life skills. 

We will go on to develop an evidence-based model of best practice in careers education adapted for autistic young people. Our aim is that it will be adopted to improve policy and practice nationally. Our work will mean more employers understand autism and are prepared to recruit and support autistic young people as employees to thrive. 

In the lifetime of this strategy, we aim to achieve a joined-up and evidence-based model of best practice in careers education that is widely shared and replicated.  

Our approach will be founded in partnership working and implemented across all our settings as well as nationally.  


Our goals 

Through the Employ Autism programme, we will pilot a model that will facilitate ‘experiences of work’ for autistic young people and support employers to be more autism confident. 

Through evidence gathered from our Employ Autism programme and implementation across our education settings, we will develop a framework of careers education adapted for autistic young people, rolled out to improve practice and policy nationally. 


Youth Council member, Aiden, speaks about wanting to be understood and how job applications can be inaccessible for autistic people


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