“I’m an asset. Not a problem.”
Georgia, autistic young person
We all have ambitions for our future. Young people with autism are no different. Shockingly, 84% of autistic people are unemployed, yet most want and are able to work.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Employ Autism is our exciting new programme, which will support autistic young people across England to make the move to employment. We are seeking to establish six regional networks across England working with local employers, education services and communities.
Currently everyone is missing out: autistic people miss out on a future of employment, independence and feelings of self-worth; and employers miss out on a large talent pool, populated with people who can bring unique strengths to the workplace.
We need you!
By joining Employ Autism, you can be part of our pioneering programme, which will give autistic young people across the country a fighting chance to gain employment, change ingrained and outdated systems and transform the lives of a generation.
Sign up to be part of Employ Autism today
We are seeking:
- employers to provide paid experiences of work to young people with autism
- education professionals, careers advice services, charities and public sector organisations to join us as Employ Autism partners and benefit from access to free autism confidence training and reports on our progress.
“We all hear lots of things around how you can get the best from your workforce, how flexibility is everything. But frankly, we’re not hearing enough about programmes like Employ Autism. As innovative and progressive employers, we all have a real responsibility to engage and to welcome those who are different. My advice would be to get involved.”
Tristia Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, TalkTalk, Manchester
You can be involved as much or as little as you like. You may be an employer looking for uniquely talented staff. Or you may be a careers adviser looking for new opportunities for autistic young people and graduates.
Please complete our short online form and a member of our team will be in touch soon.