We know receiving the right careers advice and guidance is critical for young people when they are preparing for their future. Our research tells us only 19% of young people with autism say they have had good careers advice. In order to improve this, we are working with a range of organisations to help professionals deliver an autism-friendly service. The organisations include:
- Careers Development Institute (CDI)
- Autism Education Trust (AET)
- Skills London (Prospects)
- AS Mentoring
- Autism Forward
Below is a list of the frequently asked questions about the programme and work placement details, click the linked areas to find out more.
1. How can we work with you?
We have a team of experienced professionals who can attend you careers fairs, parent’s evenings or arrange a bespoke event specifically for your autistic students.
In addition we can work with you and your students to apply for vacancies and include their experience as part of their study programme or academic requirements.
We also work with the Careers Development Institute (CDI) to deliver a one day course for advisers working with autistic clients. To find out more and book a place click here.
2. What is the commitment?
The role of education providers is to:
- Identify through the course of their work, and then refer to the programme; young people who would benefit from a work experience placement prior to entering full employment, in order to develop their skills, confidence and/or to support them in identifying their career aspirations.
- Share learning and or contacts from existing work and future programmes of work to increase the reach to more young people with autism.
- Liaise with the Autism Exchange programme to implement learning that will inform the development of careers, education, information, advice and guidance for young people with autism who study with them.
- Join our mailing list to receive the most up to date work placement opportunities. We ask that you circulate work placement opportunities to your students or clients and support them to apply. We also want to be connected to wider networks in order to reach more young autistic people.
3. How will this improve the employment statistics of our provider?
Our aim of the programme is to support young people to develop employability skills to prepare them for work, and to work with employers so they have a better understanding of autism. This should result in an increase in young people with autism in work, but the focus of the programme is on preparation for work through developing employability skills, not employment.
The future destination for every young person who takes part in the Autism Exchange programme is different. For some young people it might be an apprenticeship, for others it’s paid employment.
Our evaluation shows that 84% of our interns progress to a positive destination which will have a positive impact on outcomes for your students or clients. We continue to work with interns who go on to be NEET (Not in education, employment or training) to provide longer term positive outcomes for all former interns.
Get in touch
We hope we have answered all the questions you have had about the programme and hope you’re interested to get involved. You can do this by getting in touch with the Autism Exchange team by filling out the contact form or email directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.