Support for careers professionals
Like all young people - careers information, advice and guidance, plays a crucial role in helping autistic students determine their next step - whether that be further study, employment, an apprenticeship or training.
However, according to research, only 19% of autistic young people say they have had good careers advice.
Autistic people see the world differently to neurotypical people. Communicating with others, maintaining eye contact or knowing what is expected in social situations can be much harder. This is why tailored careers advice, that understands these differences and looks for flexible solutions, is so important.
Our work with careers professionals
Ambitious about Autism is currently working in partnership with the Careers Development Institute to deliver training courses specifically for information, advice and guidance (IAG) professionals working with autistic people. Find out more about these courses.
We are also working with a range of other organisations to help professionals deliver an autism-friendly service.
These organisations include:
- Autism Education Trust (AET)
- Skills London (Prospects)
- AS Mentoring
- Autism Forward
Our training team run courses especially for careers advisors working with autistic young people in schools and post-16 settings. Find out more about our training offer and the benefits.
As part of our Employ Autism network, we will establish six regional networks across England. Each of these will include a local infrastructure to ensure sustainability and partnerships; bringing together careers advice specialists with employers, education providers, charities and ‘access to work programmes’; along with parents and carers, and young people with autism themselves.
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.
With the suport of Ambitious about Autism, careers professionals will be able to:
- Identify autistic young people who would benefit from a work experience placement in order to develop their skills, confidence and identify their career aspirations.
- Refer and support young people to successfully apply for the programme.
- Share learning and contacts to increase the reach of the programme to more autistic young people.
- Develop and adapt their careers information and guidance to autistic young people.
- Join our mailing list to receive the most up to date work placement opportunities.
Our aim of the programme is to support young people to develop employability skills to prepare them for work, and to work with employers so they have a better understanding of autism. This should result in an increase in young people with autism in work, but the focus of the programme is on preparation for work through developing employability skills, not employment.
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 who go on to be NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to provide longer term positive outcomes for all former interns.