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Information for employers

Thank you for your interest in our Autism Exchange Programme.

We have tried to answer our 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 exchange@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

Current employer partners

  • Civil Service
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Santander
  • Guidant Group
  • TalkTalk
  • Public Health England

What are the benefits for employers?

1.    Expert training and support.

2.    New pool of talent for work placements.

3.    Association with cutting-edge and award-winning programme.

4.    Joint promotion & media opportunities.

5.    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 and a young trainer with autism, where possible. The style and length of the training provided will depend on the number of placements you are offering, the number of employeees you have and the overall needs of the businesses. In any case, the core elements important to the programme will be covered.

We ask that every line manager and mentor completes the training. We also recommend their 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 applications, the recruitment process and any adjustments they may need to make to accommodate the young people completing the work placements.

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

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. To find out more about the ways you can be involved as a partner organisation, please email exchange@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

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 was piloted in partnership with the Civil Service over 3 years with 5 departments, and 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, Penny Mordaunt, said:

“Businesses have been missing out on the huge talent and insight that people with autism can bring to the workforce, and for too long this group has been excluded from the benefits and opportunities that having a job can bring.

“I urge employers across London to sign up to this innovative programme and continue to build on its success.”

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