Too many young people with autism are missing out on employment and the chance of a fulfilling future. Only 16% of people with autism are in full-time paid employment. Yet, autistic young people have a lot to offer the workplace and the competitive advantages of a neurodiverse workforce are well evidenced.
We have a successful track record in supporting autistic young people into employment. Over several years, we’ve developed extensive experience in providing careers advice and work experience to young people, as well as training for employers.
Our award-winning paid work experience programme for autistic young people in London and the home counties is well established. Through the Employ Autism network, we are expanding this model on a national scale. We also offer supported internships through Ambitious College for young people who want to combine work with their education through on-the-job coaching.
For autistic young people to thrive in employment, employers and career professionals have vital roles to play and at Ambitious about Autism, we are here to support you. Our expert training and consultancy team can also work with organisations, businesses and individuals to make your work environments autism-friendly.
In today's ever-changing and competitive business environment, building a diverse workforce can bring big benefits. There's a huge opportunity for organisations, large and small, to access an untapped talent pool drawing on the unique set of skills and strengths autistic people have to offer a prospective employer. Read below to find out more.