• Can I do a work placement?

Students from a variety of universities can do the placement to gain practical experience, mainly during a third year in industry as part of their course. We can also look at short-term placements at other times of up to 12 weeks.

  • Can I apply if I'm studying a subject other than psychology?

Yes, as long you are aware of the job description, and the nature of work you’ll do suits your studies.

  • Can I apply if I don't have any experience of autism?

Yes you can. You’ll receive mandatory training including an introduction to autism.

  • Can I apply if I am autistic?

Of course, and qualified applicants on the autism spectrum are guaranteed an interview.

  • Can I apply if I'm a final year student?

It is possible for final year students to do the placement, but this will depend on your university’s requirements.

  • How do I apply for the work placement?

Applications can be submitted via our jobs site by searching ‘work placement’ and selecting the one you’re interested in.

  • Is there a deadline for confirming a placement?

Some university courses have allocated times for placements during your studies, so we may apply a shortlisting deadline to ensure all placements start on time. All successful applicants must complete an enhanced DBS check, which may take few weeks.

  • How long would my work placement last?

Some placements may be short term (12 weeks), and some may last up to a year, and depends on why you’re doing the placement.

  • What training will I be able to access?

We provide a comprehensive induction to all new staff, including a mixture of classroom-based and online training. You may do additional training depending on the nature of your placement.

  • Who will I be working with?

You’ll work alongside other professionals from The National Autistic Society in roles varying from support workers to managers, and you’ll work with autistic people.

  • How old are the people I will be supporting?

We provide a variety of support for people on the autism spectrum. If you choose to work in adult services you will be working with people 18 years old and over, and if you work in a school you’ll be supporting children and young people.

  • What tasks will I be expected to do?

Each service provides unique support – this may range from residential support, day service support or school. The job description you’re interested in should give you a better idea, and if you are successful your manager will be able to guide you through it in more detail.

  • If my placement is unpaid, do you contribute towards travel expenses?

We do contribute to travel for unpaid placements.

  • Will I be working office hours or shift patterns?

If your placement is office based, you may work Monday to Friday whereas our services tend to have shift patterns. We can be flexible around when you need go to into university and you’ll have entitlement to holiday.

  • I’m an international student, can I do a full-time work placement?

We ask that students provide evidence of right to work in the UK first.

  • How many hours can I work each week?

Your working hours will depends on the type of work you do, but most of the working days are around 7 hours long. 

  • Will I need a DBS if I already have one?

If you’ve signed up to the live update DBS service you won’t need to reapply. If you had a DBS check for another company, but don’t have live update service, you’ll have to apply again. We will pay for this, and recommend you then apply for the live update service at £13 a year.

  • Will I be supported at the beginning of my placement?

Yes. Each staff member is allocated line manager who arranges shadowing at the beginning of the placement and is available for support throughout.

  • I have a health condition or disability what support can I get from the placement?

We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from all suitable candidates.

  • Who can I contact for support while on placement?

You will have robust line management support and a whistleblowing policy wherever you are placed.

If you have any further queries about work placements, please email workplacement@nas.org.uk.