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Information for education providers

Thank you for your interest in our Autism Exchange Programme. We have tried to answer some of our frequently asked questions below.

However, if you cannot find the answer you need, then please do not hesitate in contacting us by emailing exchange@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

Current education partners

  • The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
  • West Thames College
  • University College London

What is the offer for education providers?

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.

One of the ways Ambitious about Autism is looking to change this is by working with education providers to increase their understanding of autism, and improve their careers advice for people with disabilities.

The role of Ambitious about Autism is to develop, implement and govern the Programme Plan for the Autism Exchange;  secure and manage young people’s placements in Autism Exchange; liaise with Autism Exchange programme employer partners to refer young people who would benefit from work experience programmes and support the education provider to develop autism friendly approaches.

What is the benefit for education providers?

  • Increased understanding of autism and how this might affect the recruitment process.
  • Networking opportunities with other education providers, employers and policy makers.
  • Association with cutting-edge programme.
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing employability skills for people with disabilities.
  • Joint promotion and media opportunities.

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.

How do I join?

If you are interested in becoming a partner in our Autism Exchange Programme please email exchange@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

How will this improve the employment statistics of our provider?

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 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.

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. We can guarantee, however, that they will be better prepared for the world of work and therefore their chance of finding work when they are ready will increase. 

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