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Information for young people

If you can't find the answer you need below, please get in contact with our team by emailing exchange@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

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What is the offer for young people with autism?

Autism Exchange offers young people with autism the opportunity to develop their employability skills and plan for their future through completing work placements with our partner employers.

A young person who takes part in our programme can expect:

  • To receive careers support in preparation for applying for a work placement.
  • Support with the application and interview process.
  • On-the-job training and support in a paid internship
  • To receive pastoral support. We train employers so they know how to support people with autism and the kinds of reasonable adjustments they can make.
  • Support with planning for the future. Young people are supported to develop their CV, application and interview skills so they can work toward their career goals.

What is the benefit for young people?

  • Skills development. Employers will give you on-the-job skills development which is great for applying for paid work, and is brilliant for your CV.
  • Increased confidence. Many of the young people who take part report an increase in self-worth and feel more confident and ready to work.
  • Brilliant experience. All of the young people who have taken part so far say they would recommend the programme to others and many have made new friends

What is the time commitment?

You will need to be available to:

  • Complete the application form
  • Attend an informal introductory meeting with an employer
  • Attend the work experience placement
  • Provide feedback to Ambitious about Autism about your experience.

Do I need to be at school, college or university to take part? If so, does my school, college or university need to join the programme if I do?

No. You do not need to be at school, college or university to take part.

If your school, college or university is not taking part in the programme, you can still apply. However, please do tell them about the programme. We would like as many schools, colleges and universities to become partners as possible.

Do you pay for travel expenses and refreshments during the placement?

Most of our placements are paid and therefore the employer will not cover travel expenses and refreshments. If the placement is unpaid, all of our partner employers make a commitment to cover reasonable travel expenses.

Employers do not pay for breakfast, lunch or dinner expenses, as they determine these fall outside of working hours. If you are working early in the morning or in the evening, for example, if you are asked to attend an event, then employers should cover your expenses. This is decided by each individual employer.

Is it only for people who live in London?

At the moment, the programme only operates in London and the Home Counties. However, we hope to secure funding to enable us to expand the programme across the UK.

How old do I need to be to take part in the programme?

The Autism Exchange Programme aims to support young people as they make the move from education into employment. Therefore, we offer the programme to young people with autism aged 16-25.

Can I do the programme more than once?

You may apply for more than one opportunity however there is no guarantee that you will be placed more than once.

What will happen to my benefits when I take part in the programme?

Most of our work experience placements are paid. If you have any questions about the impact of taking part in the programme, we would advise you to speak with the Department of Work and Pensions directly, as it will depend on your individual circumstances. You may find additional advice and support at Turn 2 Us.

How much will it cost me?

There is no cost to young people to take part in the Autism Exchange Programme.

What kind of employers work with you?

Young people complete work placements in many different departments in these businesses, from HR to finance to communications.

How do I apply?

Check our latest opportunities to apply.  

Will I get a job after taking part?

The future destination for every young person who takes part in the Autism Exchange Programme is different. For some young people, it might be further education, for others it might be an apprenticeship or paid employment.

Some of the young people who have taken part in the programme have been offered paid employment after the placement, but we cannot guarantee this.

Can any employer take part?

We know that with the right support and opportunities, people with autism can achieve. We are looking to work with employers from all different sectors, who share our values and commitment to working with people with autism and disabilities.  

Our current opportunities

Find out what are our current opportunities. If there is nothing of interest to you at this time, please register with us so we can let you know about future opportunities. Alternatively you can email us exchange@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

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