Our employment team provide flexible, bespoke support to adults aged 18 and over with a diagnosis of autism who are in or looking for employment, work placements or volunteering roles. Whether it is developing social skills, writing or improving CVs or increasing their own or their employer's understanding of autism, our staff support each person to feel confident and prepared when finding and maintaining work.
Environment and facilities
Our flexible packages mean we can adapt our support to suit each person's needs. We have a partnership with a local environmental charity, and make use of their resource centre in Wellingborough to provide our support. We can also arrange to visit people at their home, or in their place of work.
Specialist individual support
Our one-to-one support means we get to know each adult personally, which is how we come to understand the best way to support each of them. We learn about their skills, qualifications, ambitions and interests to identify potential areas of work, to focus on their strengths and to develop strategies to help with areas of difficulty.
For adults on the autism spectrum looking for paid or voluntary work, our support includes help with:
- Understanding autism and how it affects them personally
- Finding suitable job openings or volunteer work
- Creating or updating CVs
- Filling out application forms
- Developing interview skills
- Identifying areas of need around social skills, and providing strategies to support thi.
For adults on the autism spectrum who are in paid or voluntary work, our support may include:
- Building on communication skills
- Improving organisational skills
- Supporting employers to have a better understanding of autism and the adjustments they may need to make to support their autistic employee
- Developing social skills, for example eye contact or awareness of personal spac.
We support adults on the autism spectrum in and into a wide variety of working opportunities. Our support ranges from helping someone to take up a volunteering role in a charity shop or get a job at a local café, to supporting someone in a full-time paid role as a civil engineer. Our partnership with the local environmental charity has also presented a number of voluntary roles to people we support, through which they are able to learn about and promote recycling, reuse and reduction of waste.
Funding the support
There are a number of ways adults on the autism spectrum can fund support from our services – through Personal Independence Payments, direct budgets or referral from their local authority. People willing to fund the service themselves may also access our support. Adults who are already in paid work may be able to access funding through the government’s Access to Work scheme. For more information about benefits that may be available to you, visit this page.
Our staff are all trained and experienced in supporting people on the autism spectrum. We understand the difficulties and challenges that people can face, and work with people to break down barriers and develop skills. We put the adults we support at the centre of everything we do.