Employ Autism network
Like anyone, people with autism want the opportunity to demonstrate their value in the workplace. They need employers to recognise the unique contribution by offering them paid work.
“This experience has been one of the best of my entire life; it’s opened up doors for me.”
Luke, Civil Service intern
How Employ Autism works
We are creating regional Employ Autism networks across the UK. Each one will link with local partners to provide paid internships to autistic people.
Through the programme, we will provide tailored training, resources and ongoing mentorship to partner employers, and careers and employability professionals. Participants will benefit from building their confidence, and as a result of this training and support, we can ensure that we can increase the number of autistic people in full time, paid employment.
We are leading the charge to change to workforce systems so that autistic people are visible, with a focus on their abilities strengths.
As an Employ Autism network partner, you and your business can access many programme benefits, including:
- employers, and careers and employability professionals receive expert training on autism
- tailored advice and support for employers in making adaptations to recruitment processes
- ongoing support for employers throughout the placement and beyond
- association with a cutting-edge and award-winning programme promoting diversity and inclusion
- joint promotion and media opportunities
- network with employers, careers and employability professionals, organisations and policymakers.
Our Employ Autism network will be rigorously evaluated throughout, to encourage replication and influence policy and practice. This way, we can increase the percentage of autistic people in full-time employment and enable workplaces to become truly neurodiverse.
“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 and Employ Autism partner
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.