What is Autism Exchange and why do we need it?
Ambitious about Autism and the Civil Service are working together to develop and run the Autism Exchange Programme.
The award-winning Autism Exchange programme aims to ensure young people with autism are given the careers advice and work experience they need to prepare them for the work place and employers have the training and understanding to recruit and support people on the autism spectrum.
The Autism Exchange Programme aims to:
- Inform the development of careers advice and employability skills in the curriculum for education providers so young people with autism aged 18-25 are better prepared for the workplace;
- Increase awareness and understanding of autism in the workplace with our partner employers and support them to recruit young people with autism for their work placements;
- Support young people to develop their employability skills and understand their career goals for the future by supporting them to apply for work placements with employers who have received autism awareness training.
The Autism Exchange programme has developed a unique partnership between young people, employers and post 16 education providers. It is tailored to support young people with autism from across the spectrum, including those with complex needs. Young people can access work placements in all different disciplines, including HR, finance, communications and IT.
The programme was piloted with the Civil Service in 2015 and 2016 and they are now working in partnership with Ambitious about Autism to deliver an expanded programme.
The programme has a number of strategic partners including the Civil Service, the Association of Colleges, natspec, Business Disability Forum, UK Youth, Guidant Group, University College London and Deutsche Bank.
The programme, which was launched in 2015, won the Extending Reach award at RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) 2016.
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