Careers and employability professionals
Careers information, advice and guidance plays a critical role in helping autistic people determine their next step - whether that be further study, employment or an apprenticeship. Currently, less than a quarter of young people move on to further education or training after school.
We are establishing a network of careers and employability professionals to increase their confidence in providing advice and guidance to autistic people. Together we can improve the training or employment outcomes for autistic people, helping them to recognise their value in the workplace.
We deliver training to develop your understanding of autism, building your confidence and knowledge so that you can provide appropriate support to your clients with autism.
Understanding Autism for Careers Professionals has been developed in partnership with the Careers Development Institute and will support those who are offering careers advice or guidance in a range of settings.
Once you have completed the training you will be able to:
- develop and adapt your careers information and guidance sessions for your autistic clients
- receive details of the most up-to-date work placement opportunities from us
- identify autistic people who would benefit from a work experience placement to develop their skills, confidence and identify their career aspirations
- refer and support candidates to successfully apply for the programme
- share learning and contacts to increase the reach of the programme to more autistic people
Ready to join the network? Sign up and the team will be in touch.
We have a team of experienced professionals who can attend your careers fairs, parents' evenings or arrange a bespoke event specifically for your autistic students.
In addition, we can work with you and your students to apply for vacancies and include their experience as part of their study programme or academic requirements.
Our aim is to support young people to develop employability skills to prepare them for their careers, and to work with employers so they have a better understanding of autism. The result is an increase in people with autism in work, but the focus of the programme is on preparation through developing employability skills.
The future destination for every young person who takes part in the programme is different. For some young people it might be further learning, an apprenticeship or paid employment.
Our evaluation shows that 84% of our interns progress to a positive destination, which will have a positive impact on outcomes for your students or clients. We continue to work with interns following their placements to provide longer term positive outcomes.