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The National Autistic Society is looking for employers to be part of a flagship employment programme launching in September, which will help businesses to create accessible job opportunities.

Our charity will support businesses in any industry to develop opportunities, prepare autistic candidates for the roles and provide ongoing workplace support. Once the project launches and we have businesses on board, we will be promoting this programme to autistic people.

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Just 16% of autistic adults are estimated to be in full-time paid work, despite the vast majority telling is they want to find a job that reflects their talents and interests.

National Autistic Society research suggests that this is largely due to lingering misconceptions around what autism is, as well as businesses not knowing where to go for support and being worried about getting support wrong for autistic people.

Our employment programme, which is sponsored by and delivered in partnership with the Bloomfield Trust, is one way our charity is trying to address the autism employment gap - alongside its campaigning, schools, information, guidance and training for autistic people, wider work with employers and schemes like the Digital Skills programme.

If you’re an employer and interested in finding out more or how to get involved, please contact enterprise.team@nas.org.uk.

Emma Kearns, Head of Enterprise and Employment at the National Autistic Society, said: "We're really proud to be launching this programme in September - and grateful to the Bloomfield Trust for making it possible.

"Autism is a spectrum condition and not all autistic people are able to work. But the vast majority are and are desperate to find a job that reflects their interests and skills. The problem is that businesses are often worried about a lack of support and things going wrong.

"This is where this programme comes in. Our experienced consultants will work with businesses to help them to design and develop accessible employment opportunities - whether it's a paid internship, apprenticeship or a full time job. And we'll also help prepare autistic candidates for work and put in place job coaches to provide ongoing support in the workplace.

This is a wonderful opportunity for employers to link up with passionate and talented autistic people - and to close the autism employment gap.

"We want lots of employers to get involved, ready for its launch in September."

Autistic people have so much to offer - they just need a chance.

Further information

Information and advice for employers

Information and advice for autistic jobseekers