Support for candidates
Our expert and friendly team support candidates throughout the process. They can be contacted via email, telephone or face to face.
We offer support to candidates every step of the way – from careers guidance and help to apply for the placement to on-the-job training.
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Support in London and the home counties
Applicants for our placements in London and surrounding counties are supported by our expert and friendly team throughout the process.
We help candidates every step of the way – from careers guidance to advice with applications to on-the-job training and support.
Each young person who takes part in one of these opportunities can expect:
- to receive careers support in preparation for applying for a work placement, including CV development
- support with applications, interview preparation and during the interview process
- pastoral support in the form of information, advice and guidance
- support with planning for the future, through careers support if not matched to a role or when a placement ends.
- If successfully matched to a role; can expect on the job training and support, a team who have been trained by us and who will understand how to make adjustments and provide the right support
Support outside of London and the home counties
We are working across the country to ensure that applicants for our placements that are outside of London and the surrounding areas can access support and guidance from local careers and employability professionals.
We are training individuals, groups and organisations so they can be confident in supporting applicants throughout the process. They will share details of our placements with their clients to encourage applications.
Join the Employ Autism Network to register your interest in the programme and access the support availble to you.
- Skills development - employers will give you on-the-job skills development, which is great for applying for paid work, and brilliant for your CV!
- Increased confidence - many of the young people who take part report an increase in self-worth, feel more confident and ready to work.
- Brilliant experience - all of the young people who have taken part, so far, say they would recommend the programme to others and many have made new friends.
You will need to be available to:
- complete the application form
- attend an informal introductory meeting or interview with an employer
- attend the work experience placement
- provide feedback to Ambitious about Autism about your experience.
Placements last from two weeks up to six months and the time commitments for specific roles can be found in the application pack for each vacancy.
We support young people as they make the move from education into employment. Therefore, we offer the programme to autistic young people aged 18+. You do not need to be at school, college or university to take part.
Check our work experience opportunities page to look for current vacancies and how to apply.
Most of our placements are paid however, the employer will not cover additional travel expenses and subsistence. If the placement is unpaid, all of our partner employers make a commitment to cover reasonable travel expenses.
Employers do not pay for breakfast, lunch or dinner expenses, as they determine these fall outside of working hours. If you are working early in the morning or in the evening, for example, or if you are asked to attend an event, then employers should cover your expenses. This is decided by each individual employer.
Our programme originated in London and the majority of our placements are in London and the Home Counties. However, we are now expanding across the UK.
We want to support as many autistic young people to move into work as possible, so whilst you may apply more than once there is no guarantee that you will be placed again.
The future destination for every autistic young person who takes part in the programme is different. For some young people, it might be further or higher education, for others it might be an apprenticeship or paid employment.
Most of our work experience placements are paid. If you have any questions about the impact of taking part in the programme, we would advise you to speak with the Department of Work and Pensions directly, as it will depend on your individual circumstances. You may find additional advice and support at Turn 2 Us.
Young people complete work placements in many different departments in these businesses, from HR to finance to communications.
Here are some of the companies we have placed interns:
- Civil Service
- Deutsche Bank
- SAP UK
- The & Partnership
- Kennedy Pearce
- Public Health England
- Health Education England.