• Are you an autistic employee looking to find out more information or support for your employer?
  • Are you an employer looking for information and guidance to support you when working with your autistic colleague?
  • Are you an employer looking to recruit autistic talent into your business?

Our Employment Training Team supports businesses to develop accessible employment opportunities for autistic applicants and retain the autistic talent they have in their organisation through raising awareness and implementing effective reasonable adjustments. All of our training and services are developed in close consultation with autistic people and 50% of our employment training team have an autism diagnosis.

We are able to provide any of our services for those:

  • with a formal diagnosis of either autism or Asperger syndrome
  • self-diagnosed as either autistic or having Asperger syndrome
  • actively seeking a diagnosis of either autism or Asperger syndrome.

“I went into this training believing that I was well versed in autism. I found out things I didn't know and it was really helpful to be able to understand how as a recruiter, I can assist a person with autism and not just from the personal, parental point of view I had before. It really opened my eyes and I will be applying some methods to my home life as well which I feel will help us." – Qube learning

Our feedback

In 2016, 85% of delegates reported their knowledge about autism to be 'limited' or 'moderate' before the training. Following their training, 89% reported their knowledge to be 'good' or 'very good'. 85% of delegates reported that they would highly recommend our training to others!

Meet the team

Emma Jones – Employment Training and Partnerships Manager

Emma manages our Employment Training Service. Emma has an MSc in Psychology and has worked within the industry for over 10 years. Her experience has ranged from directly supporting autistic people within the roles to developing programmes to support business to effectively recruit retain autistic talent. ‘My favourite part of the job is when I can see the moment an employer or manager recognises and ‘gets’ autism and enthusiastically wants to understand how they can support this talent within their business’

Catherine Leggett

Catherine is an Employment Consultant, and began her career in engineering as well as working on gender equality projects for women in science, engineering and technology. Catherine has worked as a specialist for over three years with employers, and employees to optimise the strengths of autistic people in the workplace. Catherine also speaks at conferences and various events around the UK to raise awareness of autism.

"My favourite part of my job is being able to communicate what I know about autism in meaningful ways, and hearing that the result is that supportive changes have been made and that people are now working to their strengths, which in turn improves everyone’s confidence around the condition."

Emily Swiatek

Emily is an Employment Consultant who has worked in the field of autism for over ten years. She started her career founding a children's work charity in York and gradually moved from working with children and young people to supporting autistic adults in employment. In addition to providing consultancy for autistic employees and their employers, Emily also works closely with The National Autistic Society's press team on national print, radio and television media opportunities to help raise autism awareness across the UK.

"My favourite part of the job is when I get feedback from a client letting me know that the training they’ve attended has helped changed their lives for the better. Whether it’s a manager’s relationship with their autistic employee improving, or an autistic employee letting me know they’re experiencing less stress and anxiety, I love knowing that I’ve helped contribute to something positive in people’s lives."