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Information for employers

Thank you for your interest in our Autism Exchange Programme.

We have tried to answer frequently asked questions below however, if your question has not been answered, please do not hesitate to get in contact with a member of our team via

Current employer partners:

  • Civil Service
  • Deutsche Bank
  • SAP UK
  • Santander
  • m/SIX
  • The & Partnership
  • TalkTalk
  • Kennedy Pearce
  • Public Health England
  • Health Education England.

What are the benefits for employers?

  • Expert training and support throughout the placement
  • Support to adjust recruitment processes
  • New pool of diverse talent bringing added value to your business
  • Association with cutting-edge and award-winning programme
  • Joint promotion & media opportunities
  • Networking with employers & policy makers.

What is the time commitment?

Every employer undertakes autism awareness training, delivered by our expert professionals at Ambitious about Autism. The style and length of the training provided will depend on the number of placements you are offering, the number of employees you have and the overall needs of the business.

We ask that every line manager and mentor completes the half-day training. We also recommend the intern’s future colleagues and peers attend the training, so they know how to work successfully with young people with autism.

Employers will need to commit time to reviewing the recruitment and selection process, providing content for autism-friendly resources and any adjustments they may need to make to accommodate the young people completing the work placements.

The work placements can run for two weeks to three months, depending on the employer. Each young person is required to have support from a line manager and a mentor during this period.

69% of employers said there was no difference in onboarding an autistic intern, and 94% said they felt more confident supporting an employee with autism in the workplace.

How many young people do we need to offer work placements to over what time period?

This is decided on a case-by-case basis and depends on the size and capacity of the employer, and the range of opportunities available.

What is the financial commitment?

There are different tiers of involvement for employers from a short ‘taster’ experience to a full talent recruitment programme. To find out more about the ways you can be involved as a partner organisation, please email

Who else is signed up to Autism Exchange?

We have already worked with lots of great employers, including the Civil Service, Santander, Deutsche Bank and TalkTalk.

Who were the founding employers and what do they say about the programme?

The programme was piloted in partnership with the Civil Service over 3 years with 5 departments, as well as with Santander and Deutsche Bank.  

Civil Service: Janet Hill, CBE, Programme Director, Civil Service Disability Inclusion Team, said:

“We are delighted that the Autism Exchange Programme has been so successful and that it is now being rolled out to different organisations across the capital.

“The Civil Service has certainly benefited from having the programme. Our people were able to build their knowledge and capability in working successfully with people with autism. Also, the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm showed by the participants over the last two years has been truly inspiring. It is also very rewarding to know that we have helped to start the careers of several young people with autism who may have never been given the chance before.”

What do the Government say?

The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Sarah Newton, said:  

“The Autism Exchange programme clearly demonstrates that with the right training and support we can unlock the potential of young people with autism in the work place, while helping employers reap the benefits of a neuro-diverse workforce. 

“Innovative schemes like Autism Exchange are hugely important as we strive to make workforces more inclusive and get 1 million more disabled people into work.” (March 2018)



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